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1998 Mathematical Association
Certificate for Meritorious Service
Billy E. Rhoades
Billy E. Rhoades joined the MAA in 1952 when he was a graduate student
at Rutgers University. The Rutgers Mathematics Department Head at
that time - Emory Starke, who played a prominent role during the first
half decade of the MAA - would have been proud to foresee the accomplishments
and service record of Professor Rhoades, who retired as Professor of Mathematics
at Indiana University, Bloomington, in 1994 with a distinguished and continuing
record of mathematical research and contributions to mathematics education.
Billy was a member of the Philadelphia
Section (now the EPADEL Section) of the MAA for ten years while he was
a faculty member at Lafayette College, which he left in 1963 to join the
Committee on the Undergraduate Preparation in Mathematics (CUPM).
He served CUPM full time during two crucial years, first as Associate
Director and then as Executive Director, until 1965 when he went to Indiana.
While in Indiana Professor
Rhoades continued to serve the MAA at the national level through numerous
committee and panel appointments including CUPM, the Committee on Placement
Exams, the Committee on Advisement and Personnel, and the Committee on
Membership as well as joint appointments with the National Council of
Teachers of Mathematics and the College Entrance Examination Board.
A tireless supporter of the Indiana Section, Billy held the positions
of Section Vice-Chair and Chair from 1967 to 1969 and Section Governor
from 1969 to 1972. He is always willing to do committee work within
the Section and to make presentations at Section meetings. His exceptional
service to the Indiana Section was recognized previously when he received
the Section's Distinguished Service Award in 1994.
It is with great pleasure and
gratitude that the Indiana Section awards this Certificate of Meritorious
Service to Billy E. Rhoades of Indiana University, Bloomington.
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