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Fall 2012 - Column

In Memoriam - Amos Carpenter


CarpenterDr. Amos Joel Carpenter, 73, Indianapolis, Indiana, passed away at his home on Tuesday, October 30.  Dr. Carpenter had been a Professor of Mathematics in the Department of Mathematics and Actuarial Science at Butler University since 1984.  During his time at Butler, he served as department head for more than 10 years.

He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Della P. Carpenter, daughter Boi Carpenter-Mellady, son-in-law Matthew Mellady, granddaughter Brynne Alexandra Mellady,  brothers Daniel Carpenter, Kini Carpenter, Michael Carpenter, Sheku Carpenter, and sisters Doris Dakowa and Mangia Carpenter.

Born in Mattru, Sierra Leone, West Africa he attended the Bo School for Boys and later received his post secondary education from the Durham University and the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom and Kent State University in Kent, Ohio.  A mathematician, Dr. Carpenter’s academic focus was numerical analysis, approximation theory, the theory of computation, and parallel and scientific computing. He published numerous mathematics papers and lectured internationally.  

He was a member of numerous professional societies including the Mathematical Association of America. Amos served as chair of the Indiana Section for 2004-05, having been previously vice-chair and subsequently past chair.  He was also the Public Information Officer, 1993-96, was on the Section committees to select the Teaching Award and the Meritorious Service Award, and was the recipient of the Indiana Section's Distinguished Service Award in 2008. His most recent service to the Indiana Section was as a local organizer for the Fall 2012 Section Meeting, until giving this project over to his departmental colleagues due to his illness.

Dr. Carpenter is beloved by his family, friends, colleagues and students and will be greatly missed.  In lieu of flowers, the family of Dr. Carpenter requests donations be made to the Lustgarten Foundation at or mailed to The Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research, Attn: Cathy Weber, 1111 Stewart Avenue, Bethpage, NY 11714.  Please indicate “In memory of Amos J. Carpenter, Community Connections, c/o Boi Carpenter-Mellady.”


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