The Northeastern Section of the MAA was
inaugurated on November 26,
1955 at a meeting attended by more than seventy people and hosted by
the University of New Hampshire. The name originally proposed was the
New England Section but the name Northeastern Section was adopted to
emphasize that not only New England but also the Maritime Provinces
would be represented in the Section. Although most meetings have
New England, Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick,
a memorable summer meeting in 1967.
The list of speakers
in the early years included such famous mathematicians and mathematics
teachers as Dirk Struik of MIT; David Widder, Garrett Birchoff, Ralph
Beatley, Richard Brauer, and Howard Raiffa of Harvard; Hans Zassenhaus
that time at McGill; Hans Rademacher of the University of
Pennsylvania; John Kemeny of Dartmouth; Max Beberman of the University
Illinois; Bob Rosenbaum of Wesleyan; Albert Tucker of Princeton;
Ore of Yale; and Father Bezuska of Boston College. Of special
Dan Christie of Bowdoin College, who later served as Chairman of the
Section and sectional representative on the Board of Governors of the
MAA. After his death the annual Dan Christie Memorial Lecture was
established in memory of him.
The present national
concern for curricular revision seems an echo of the post-Sputnik era
when the 1958 meeting of the Section included a paper The Report
of the Commission on Mathematics and another The School
Mathematics Study Group.
In this era many members of the Section generously contributed much
time and energy visiting high schools of the region to give lectures
and consult with the mathematics teachers.
Among the many
members who have served as officers of the Section two who merit
special mention for their many years of service are Dick Pieters,
formerly of Phillips Academy in Andover, and George Best, a continuing
faculty member at Phillips Academy.
One of the
outstanding programs of the Northeastern Section has been the series of
short courses held each summer at the University of Maine at
in 1987 Don Small of Colby College was awarded the MAA Certificate of
Meritorious Service, his leadership role as one of the founders and
frequent co-director of these short courses was one of the many of his
services being recognized.
| -- Donald and Shirley
Dan Edwin Christie
|Dan E. Christie, for
whom the Northeastern Section's Christie Lecture is named, was a slight
There was not an ounce of pretense in Dan's makeup. He was amicable,
not familiar; conversable, not effusive; companionable, not intrusive.
He was genuinely friendly, full of concern for the welfare of his
Because of his quiet, gentlemanly nature, it was easy for those who
knew him to forget just how well known he was in the mathematics
Dan Christie was everywhere dense among
A founding father of the Northeastern Section, Dan served as its
chairman and twice as its representative on the board of governors. His
MAA activities were not confined to the Northeast, however. In 1963 he
was appointed to the MAA Committee on the Undergraduate Program in
Mathematics, in 1965 to the Committee on an Internship in Mathematics
Education, and in 1972 to the Committee on Assistance to developing
Colleges. He also served on several other MAA panels and committees
during his 32 years of MAA membership.
A native of Dover-Foxcroft, Maine, Dan graduated summa cum laude and
Phi Beta Kappa from Bowdoin College in the Class of 1937. During the
1937-38 academic year, he was a Henry Fellow at St. John's College of
Cambridge University. After receiving his A.M. and Ph.D. degrees from
Princeton, he returned to Bowdoin in 1942 as an instructor in Physics
and Mathematics, and he remained at Bowdoin throughout his entire
career. During World War II, he was a civilian lecturer in the Army Air
Force basic pre-meteorological program and the Naval Officers pre-radar
school at Bowdoin. He worked up through the academic ranks to hold the
chair of Wing Professorship of Mathematics and he was Chairman of the
Department from 1964 to 1972.
Under Dan's leadership in the early 1960's, Bowdoin adopted a unique
plan designed to select as new members of the mathematics faculty,
teachers with research interests concentrated in a particular area,
rather than employing people representing a cross-section of the
research specialties. As a result, Bowdoin developed as large a group
of specialists in algebra as would be found in many universities. This
plan greatly expanded the department's algebraic research capability
and its ability to offer young, well-trained mathematicians career
opportunities to match those in large universities.
From 1965 to 1969 Dan was the director of four Academic Year Institutes
(AYI) at Bowdoin. The AYI program, supported by the National Science
Foundation (NSF), enabled selected secondary school teachers to earn
A.M. degrees in mathematics by completing ac year of in-residence
studies and attending courses at a NSF summer institute.
Dan was involved in efforts to promote mathematical research, too. He
investigated forms and levels of support for research in mathematics as
a member of the National Academy of Sciences- National Research
Council's Committee on Support of Research in the Mathematical Sciences
(COSRIMS). He was also Director of Bowdoin's Advanced Science Seminars,
a series of NSF summer programs designed to stimulate postgraduate
education and research in mathematics, from 1965 to 1971.
think Dan Christie's most striking contribution was the sequence of
Advanced Science Seminars in Algebra, which he created single-handed.
There have been no other instructional institutes in mathematics that
have compared in the high level of achievement and excitement. Research
mathematicians still refer to the Bowdoin Advanced Science Seminars in
Algebra as a standard against which any other summer program is to be
measured. These seminars had their origin in Dan Christie's imagination
and uncommon good sense; they were maintained through his energy and
Dan's interests were not confined to research mathematicians, however.
Christie believed so strongly that no one could claim to be a literate
person unless he has a sense of what mathematics is; not merely that he
should know a bit of algebra and a bit of geometry, but that he should
be aware of what living mathematicians are doing just as he should be
aware of what living poets are writing, and what living philosophers
are saying. It was this basic belief that lead Dan to imagine, create
and implement a new course designed particularly for the
non-specialist, designed to show young people that in their world
mathematics must play a part.
When Dan died in 1975, the MAA Board of Governors passed a resolution
which included the following statement :
"Dan Christie's legacy to mathematics is reflected from many facets -
his intellect, his integrity, the students and colleagues whom he
inspired, the summer institutes and seminars that he organized, his
personal demonstration that small colleges can foster a high level of
scholarly work in mathematics, and his devoted service in the councils
of this Association, including CUPM, and two terms on the Board of
His dedication quickened our efforts, his
wisdom guided our deliberations, and his friendship lightened our days.
We mark his parting in sadness, and we speak our gratitude for the time
he shared with us.
In honor of Dan Christie's contributions, the Northeastern Section
inaugurated the Christie Lecture in 1978. The list of Christie
Lecturers over the years reads like a Who's Who of mathematics : John
Milnor, Gian-Carlo Rota, John T. Tate, John Wermer, Henry O. Pollak,
Philip Davis, Thomas Tucker, Ernst Snapper, Rueben Hersh, and Ron
| -- James E. Ward
italicized quotes are from remarks made at a memorial service for Dan
Christie in 1975.)
|"His talks will hold
an audience spellbound whether he addresses high school students,
undergraduates, or mathematics faculty." So states a recent
of Central Florida flier advertising a lecture series by Howard
Some years ago my wife, who professed great mathematical anxiety, my
daughter, who was then in grammar school, and I attended his lecture
Mathematically Motivated Designs at Colby College in Maine. All
of us were completely fascinated by the talk, showing the opening
quotation to be an understatement. Indeed as one of his
described him, Howard Eves is "one of the most fascinating lectures in
mathematics that one can hope to find anywhere."
Howard Eves obtained his B.S. from the University of Virginia in 1934
and his M.A. from Harvard the next year, both in mathematics. He
further study at Princeton University during the next two years, and
received his Ph.D. in mathematics from Oregon State University in 1948.
While at Princeton, he met many renowned mathematicians, including
Albert Einstein, with whom he became well acquainted. Since they
near one another, they would walk home together many afternoons.
the route there was a drugstore with a huge ice cream cone out
front. One day Einstein remarked that it looked inviting, so Eves
offered to buy him one. From then on, it became a ritual for
buy cones for the two of them as they walked home. One day, as
approached the drugstore, Einstein's eyes lit up and he exclaimed,
"Look! I've got my own nickel today!" When he placed it on the
to pay for his cone, Eves was prepared and snatched it up, replacing it
with one of his own. That nickel became one of the first
Howard Eves' famous Mathematical Museum: a nickel once owned by Albert
Shortly after Oswald Veblen died at his retirement home on the Maine
coast, Howard Eves visited the grounds for a quiet stroll in memory of
this famous mathematician. As he walked beside the house he
new broken yellow pencil on the ground, picked it up, and added it to
his museum. Surely this was Veblen's pencil, for who else but a
blind person would drop a bright yellow pencil, step on it and break
it, and still not see it to pick it up? Although no longer
Mathematical Museum would have filled a station wagon at one time.
After his stint at Princeton, Howard worked as surveyor for a year and
as a mathematician for the Tennessee Valley Authority for another
year. Then he went into teaching at Syracuse University
the University of Puget Sound 1943-44, where he was head of the
department, Oregon State University 1944-51, SUNY at Plattsburgh
1951-53, again as department head, SUNY at Binghamton 1953-54, and the
University of Maine from 1954 to his retirement in 1976.
Since retirement he has taught at the University of Maine at Machias
and currently he teaches each spring at the University of Central
Florida and summers at home in Lubec, Maine, literally a stone's throw
from the easternmost tip of the United States.
Howard Eves has published well over 30 books and 200 papers and
articles, many in geometry. His book on the history of
been the best seller in its field ever since its initial appearance in
1953. Ten years later he published his authoritative A Survey of
Geometry in two volumes. His Mathematical Circles books,
Prindle, Weber & Schmidt in six volumes from 1969 to 1987, form an
outstanding collection of anecdotes and stories about mathematics and
mathematicians.Of a more serious nature are his two Great Moments in
Mathematics books, a collection of 43 lectures describing important
developments in mathematics from the proof of the Pythagorean theorem
to the resolution of the four color problem. They are volumes 5
in the Dolciani Mathematical Expositions, published in 1980 and 1981 by
the Mathematical Association of America. These two series, the
and Great Moments books should be on the shelves of every teacher of
mathematics, along with his History text.
For a quarter century he edited the Elementary Problem Department of
the American Mathematical Monthly, publishing ten problems each
month. It was my privilege to assist him during the last two
his term. After an interim editor suddenly gave up this
task, Eves organized the Problems Group at the University of Maine, a
collection of nine or ten faculty members who collectively edited the
Elementary Problems Department for several years. He is an active
problemist, still publishing problems and solutions in the journals.
He has served on the editorial boards of Mathematics Magazine, the
Mathematics Teacher, the Two Year College Mathematics Magazine, and the
Fibonacci Quarterly. Pi Mu Epsilon, Sigma Xi, Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma
Delta Zeta, and the Mark Twain Society have all honored him with
memberships.He has been active in the Mathematical Association of
America, the American Mathematical Society, and the French Mathematical
We first became acquainted in 1956 when I started teaching at the
University of Maine. I took several courses from him and sat in
several others to learn what I could from him. For the next
we worked together on various projects.
There are many stories that illustrate just how much Howard Eves cares
for people. He has often stated that his skills and knowledge
given to him by others and it is his responsibility to pass them
on. Therefore he could not keep the royalties that his books have
earned; he has given them all to a black college. Over the years
befriended many people who needed help and has aided them with money,
lodging, and encouragement.
All these things he has done with a delightful sense of humor. He
confided that it terrified him that after he drove home, he remembered
leaving the office and then his next recollection would be of driving
into the garage. For all he knew he could have caused several
and run over all sorts of people on the way home. He said he
to the Police Beat of the local newspaper each morning to see if anyone
was the victim of a hit-and-run accident in his area the preceding day
and he would carefully check his car for dented fenders. Of
there never was such an accident. I once told him that I had
lecture on continued fractions. He immediately replied that of
the lecturer never completed the lecture.
They say that all good teachers are frustrated actors at
heart. Certainly Howard Eves is a seasoned performer. Upon
will tell of the ways that mathematicians have met their
ends: Archimedes was stabbed by a Roman soldier; Pythagoras was
to death because he would not escape through a sacred field of
grain; Hypatia was stoned to death by her Christian students, and so
forth. The humor with which he would tell of the way Rene
because of the request of the young Queen Christina of Sweden had his
students in stitches. When they would be laughing so hard that
came to their eyes, he would stop and look at them with mock shock and
say, "I can't understand why you are all laughing so. This is
I owe much to Howard Eves. He inspired and encouraged me to start
writing books.He led me into problems work.He showed me his love for
teaching and for mathematics and taught me that a teacher must be
scrupulously honest with his or her students. If I am a good
is mainly his example that has made me so.
| -- Clayton Dodge
|On October 14, 1955,
Professor Howard Eves of the University of Maine sent a letter to the
mathematicians of the New England Region asking them to meet at the
Universityof New Hampshire in Durham, on November 26, the first
Saturday after Thanksgiving, for the purpose of organizing into a
Section of the Mathematical Association of America. He pointed out that
all of the United States and Canada with the exception of the six New
England States and the four Canadian Provinces of New Brunswick,
Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island, were already
organized into Sections of the Association. Eves noted that although as
a Region, we could vote for a Governor (G. B. Thomas of MIT was then
the Governor of the Region) as a Section we would be able to meet
annually to discuss common mathematical problems, to improve the
teaching of mathematics in our region and to listen to both
mathematical and pedagogical papers.
Eves had arranged to have Rev. S. J. Bezuszka (Boston College), Ralph
Beatley (Harvard), R. P. Johnson (Smith), R. A. Rosenbaum (Wesleyan),
Dirk Struik (MIT) and R. P. Clippinger (Raytheon) present papers at the
meeting. Dormitory rooms were available at a rate of $1.50 per person
per night. There were 80 people in attendance at the initial meeting
including 24 nonmembers of the Association. Howard Eves presided at the
morning session and Donald Kearns presided at the afternoon session.
The business meetingwas held shortly after lunch, with A. A. Bennett
(Brown) acting as temporary chairman. A petition requesting the
Mathematical Association of America to permit members of the New
England Region to organize a New England Section of the Association was
circulated. The petition was signed by 48 members and 8 nonmembers of
the Association. However, it was felt, that since the new section would
include four Canadian Provinces, the Northeastern Section would be a
more appropriate name. Elected for one-year terms were Howard Eves as
Chairman and Rev. S. J. Bezuszka as Vice-Chairman. R. E. Johnson was
elected Secretary-Treasurer. The Northeastern Section became the 26th
Section to be admitted to the Association, eight and half years after
the Pacific Northwest Section, and a year before the New Jersey Section.
The Executive Committee originally consisted of the three officers of
the Section. The Chairman, together with an appointed Committee on
Arrangements, was responsible for the program of each meeting, the
Vice-Chairman was responsible for maintaining official relations with
other mathematical and scientific societies, and the
Secretary-Treasurer was responsible for keeping the books, accounts,
and records of the Section, and also preparing a report of the meetings
for publication in the Monthly. The Secretary-Treasurer was the only
officer of the Section eligible for reelection. One of the original
by-laws of the Section called for the annual payment to the
Secretary-Treasurer by each member of the Section the sum of $0.25. At
the second meeting of the Section, that section of the by-laws was
removed by a vote of the members. At the fall 1958 meeting, the
membership voted to sponsor the National High School Mathematics
Contest, and Rev. S. J. Bezuszka was appointed chairman of the Section
There were four other meetings of the Northeastern Section in the
1950's and they were held at the University of Connecticut, Dartmouth,
Holy Cross and Boston College, respectively.
At these four meetings Rev. S. J. Bezuszka, E. E. Richmond (Williams),
N. H. McCoy (Smith), and J. G. Kemeny (Dartmouth) were elected
Chairmen, respectively, each having served first as Vice-Chairman.
During this period three members served as Secretary-Treasurer : A. F.
O'Neill (Wheaton), M. C. Brien (Holy Cross), and R. S. Peiters
(Phillips Academy). F. M. Stewart (Brown) replaced G. B. Thomas as
Governor of the Section in 1958.
There were many outstanding speakers during the 50's : Garrett
Birkhoff, Richard Brauer, D. V. Widder, and Howard Raiffa of Harvard,
J. G. Kemeny, D. H. Crowell and F. W. Perkings of Darmouth, D. E.
Christie and Reinhard Korgen of Bowdoin, A. W. Tucker (Princeton), Hans
Rademacher (Pennsylvania), Max Beberman (Illinois), Oystein Ore (Yale),
Walter Prenowitz (Brooklyn), Hartley Rogers (MIT), H. J. Zassenhaus
(McGill), C. B. Newsom (NYU), D. E. Richmond (Williams), I. N. Rose
(Massachusetts) and F. M. Stewart (Brown). Among those speakers several
went on to hold national office. A. W. Tucker was to become President
of the Association (1961-1962), Garrett Birkhoff, 1st Vice-President
(1970-1971), and R. A. Rosenbaum, 2nd Vice-President (1961-1962) and
Editor of the Monthly (1967-1971).
Thirty-five years after that initial meeting in Durham members of the
Northeastern Section still meet to discuss common problems, to improve
their teaching, and to listen to mathematical and pedagogical lectures.
We have all benefitted from the wisdom and dedication of our founders,
and owe a great deal to all of them, especially to Professor Howard
Eves of the University of Maine.
| -- James J. Tattersall
|The 1960's was a
period of upheaval and search for direction in education as well as in
politics. “New math" was in vogue in the classroom. Students
decade with slide rules and ended it with hand-held calculators.
Graph-theoretic attempts to discover a contradiction to the four-color
theorem were in style. The impact of computers in the educational
system was just beginning to be felt. In 1963, Walter Feit and John
Thompson showed that every noncyclic simple group of odd integer is
solvable. That same year, Michael Atiyah and I. M. Singer established
the index theorem in K theory, of which the Riemann-Roch theorem is a
special case. The Fields Medals that decade went to Lars Hormander,
John Milnor, Michael Atiyah, Paul Cohen, Alexander Grothendieck and
Throughout the turbulent period the NES/MAA remained stalwart in its
direction and purpose. The format at the meetings remained relatively
constant, and the attendance at the meetings during that period
averaged approximately 100. Meetings were held in almost every New
England State (New Hampshire being the exception) and in Canada as
well. The historic 1967 spring meeting was held at Mount Allison
University in Sackville, New Brunswick.
There were relatively few changes in the Section by-laws during
thedecade. In 1960, the by-laws were amended to make the sectional
governor a member of the Executive Committee, and to institute a $1
registration fee at the annual meeting if the Executive Committee felt
that such a sum was necessary to offset the expenses of a business
meeting. In 1967, the Executive Committee was given the authority to
award a one-year membership in the Association to individual students
in the Northeastern Section ranking highest in the Putnam Mathematical
competition. Two years later the first such award was given to S. K.
Winkler of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
During the 60's the NES/MAA was guided by some of the most well-known
and respected mathematicians in the world. The sectional governors were
F. M. Stewart (Brown University), D. E. Richmond (Williams College)
Howard Eves (University of Maine) and Grace Bates (Mount Holyoke
College.) During this period, the Chair was occupied by John Kemeny
(Dartmouth College), H. S. Dorwart (Trinity College), Grace Bates,
Hartley Rogers (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Robin Robinson
(Dartmouth College), G. L. Spenser (Williams College), W. H. Crawford
(Mount Allison University) and Michael Gemignani (Smith College.) The
position of secretary-treasurer was held by R. S. Pieters, until he was
succeeded in 1965 by George Best, both from Phillips Academy.
Furthermore, R. A. Rosenbaum served as Second Vice President of the
Association from 1961-63 and from 1965-67. He also served as Editor of
the Monthly from 1967-71. Howard Eves and John Kemeny served as
Governors-at-Large for the Association, Eves from 1958-60 and Kemeny
The group of invited speakers during the 60's was exceptionally
outstanding. Many of the officers of the Section gave presentations
themselves and the list of invited lecturers, who were not officers of
the section included: R. H. Bing (President of the Association 1963-64;
AMS President, 1977-78), Wistar Comfort, Phil Davis, William Duren,
Howard Eves, D. J. Foulis, Vincent Haag, Einar Hille (AMS President
1947-48), G. Hocking, Ken Ireland, Mark Kac (AMS Gibbs Lecturer, 1967;
AMS Birkhoff Award, 1978), Shizuo Kakutani, Kenneth O. May
(Governor-at-Large of the Association 1964-65), Edwin Moise (President
of the Association from 1967-68), J. R. Munkres, Oystein Ore,
Gian-Carlo Rota (AMS Steele Award, 1988), Alice Schafer, I. M. Singer
(AMS Bocher Memorial Award, 1969), Ernst Snapper, Laurie Snell, Norton
Starr, R. J. Walker (Second Vice President of the Association 1967-68).
Professors Kemeny, Moise and Walker spoke twice before the Section in
The 60's was a time of great hopes and achievements as well as a time
of contradictions and bitter disappointments. It gave us the New
Frontier, the Great Society, the Vietnam War, the Beatles, Woodstock,
the Apollo missions to the moon and probes to the other terrestrial
planets. Members of the NES/MAA made notable contributions to the
changes that occurred in the decade and helped us usher in the 70's.
| -- James J. Tattersall
|The NES/MAA was in
very capable hands
throughout the 70's. The three Governors who served during the period
as liaisons with the Association were Dan Christie (Bowdoin College),
Phil Davis (Brown University) and Don Kreider (Dartmouth College.) The
Section was chaired successively by Michael Gemignani (Smith College),
Richard Schafer (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Don Kreider
(Dartmouth College), John Fraleigh (University of Rhode Island), Eileen
Hostinsky (Connecticut College), Anne O'Neill (Wheaton College),
Grattan Murphy (University of Maine), Ernest Schlesinger (Connecticut
College) and Don Small (Colby College).
George Best (Phillips Academy) served during the 70's as
Secretary-Treasurer and as chief factotum. Under his able leadership
the organization remained financially stable. The Section started the
decade with a few hundred dollars in the bank and ended it with about
the same. At one point in the decade the treasury had $4.56.
Undoubtedly, through the generosity and hard work of the officers,
local arrangement chairs, and the speakers, together with the
institution of a $1 registration fee helped the Section fend off
financial disaster and at the same time kept the quality of the
meetings at a high level.
The officers and local arrangements chair were instrumental in keeping
the costs for the meetings as low as possible. Perhaps the deal of the
decade occurred at the Colby College meeting in 1971 where for $20 one
received a clambake on the Belgrade Lakes and lodging Friday evening
and breakfast and lunch on Saturday. Throughout the decade lunch on
Saturday was about $3.50.
The program for each meeting remained the responsibility of the Section
Chair throughout the 70's. In an effort to involve more of the
membership in the operation of the organization, the responsibilities
at the host institution moved from the Vice-Chair to a local
arrangements committee. The annual fall meetings were held from
1970-1979 at Merrimack College (Ray Ozimkoski), Wellesley College
(Torsten Norvig), Connecticut College (Eileen Hostinsky), Boston
University (Don Blackett), the University of Lowell (Art Talkington),
Simmons College (Margaret Menzin), Rhode Island College (Dick Howland),
Merrimack College (John Royal), Bunker Hill Community College (Nancy
Myers) and the University of Hartford (R. McGivney), where the local
arrangements committee chairs are given in parentheses. The summer
meetings were held in 1971 at Colby College (Lucille Zukowski), in 1973
at Bowdoin College (Dan Christie). From 1975 to 1979 they were held at
the University of Connecticut (John Ryff), the University of New
Hampshire (Gordon Raisbeck), Middlebury College (John Emerson),
Southern Maine Vocational Technical Institute (Robert Bourque) and the
University of Maine (Clayton Dodge).
The list of invited speakers included many very prominent
mathematicians: Henry Alder, President of the Association (1977-78),
David Roselle, Secretary of the Association (1975-79 and 1980-84),
Andrew Gleason, President of the AMS (1981-82), Garrett Birkhoff of
Harvard University, Thomas Banchoff and Charles Strauss of Brown
University, Donna Beers of Wellesley College, Dan Kleitman, James
Munkres and J. R. Zacharias of MIT, Sue Whitesides of Dartmouth
College, R. A. Rosenbaum and W. W. Comfort of Wesleyan College, Mary K.
Bennett of the University of Massachusetts, Bruce Peterson of
Middlebury College and Stanley Bezuska, S. J. of Boston College. A. B.
Wilcox, Executive Director of the Association and Howard Eves
(University of Maine) were invited lecturers twice in the decade. Panel
discussion on topics ranging from applied mathematics to the
improvement of college mathematics teaching were prevalent throughout
the meetings of the 70's.
During the 70's the world of mathematics lost Richard Courant, L. J.
Mordell, C. B. Allendoerfor, Marsden Morse, K. O. May, Richard Brauer
and E. G. Begel. The Section lost some instrumental members too. Albert
A. Bennett of Brown University, one of the founders of the NES/MAA died
in 1971. J. R. K. Stauffer of the University of Rhode Island, Regional
Chair for the High School Mathematics Examination died in 1975. Torsten
Norvig, local arrangements chair for the 1971 meeting at Wellesley
College, died in 1976. In 1976 the Section lost the able services of
Dan Christie of Bowdoin College who had served in a myriad of
capacities for the Section. See above for a detailed description. The
1978 meeting at Bunker Hill Community College was dedicated to his
memory. In a fitting tribute to Dan, the Section instituted a
lectureship in his behalf. The first Christie Lecture was given by John
Milnor of Princeton University at the Hartford meeting in 1979.
At the June 1979 meeting several changes in the Section By-Laws were
approved. The Executive Committee was expanded to include the Section
Governor, the Immediate Past Chairperson, and the Two-Year Committee
Representative. The election of the Section Chairperson in odd numbered
years and the Vice-Chairperson, Secretary-Treasurer and the Two-Year
College Representative in even numbered years, all elections taking
place at the annual fall meeting, was approved. As a further harbinger
of changes to come in the 80's, the Section initiated its Newsletter in
the spring of 1979 under the editorship of Dorothy T. Meserve.
| -- James J. Tattersall
|Even though not as
drastic as the metamorphosis of Kafka's Gregor Samsa, the NES/MAA
underwent a significant transformation during the 1980's. Early in the
decade, as a move to make the Section more fiscally sound, the Section
By-laws were amended to allow the Executive Committee to charge an
appropriate registration fee at the Section meetings. Soon thereafter a
committee consisting of Helen Bass, Bodh Gulati and Ernest Schlesinger
proposed updating the Section By-laws to enable the Section (and the
Association as well) to retain its tax-exempt status. The NES/MAA took
this opportunity to restate in the By-laws its goal of assisting "in
the improvement of the education in the mathematical sciences at the
collegiate level by carrying out the purposes of the national
organization". The Northeastern Section, comprised of the six New
England states and Canadian Provinces of New Brunswick, Newfoundland,
Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island remained throughout the decade
either first or second in size of membership in the Association.
Throughout the 80's, the Association took decisive action to achieve
its objectives of nurturing student talent, increasing public
awareness, and making a national commitment to excellence in
mathematics in both the nation's colleges and secondary schools. In
line with these objectives, the Association introduced the magazine
FOCUS as a more effective way to communicate news and announcements to
the membership, and strengthen its ties with the mathematical
community. Approval voting was adopted in an effort to encourage more
people to take part in the election process. Sections were urged to
begin Student Chapters, with Thurmon Whitley appointed to direct the
organization of our Section's Student Chapters. The Association began
offering a number of minicourses at the national meetings. Moreover, a
repository for the archives of American mathematics was founded at the
University of Texas in Austin, and a week each spring was designated as
Mathematics Awareness Week. Locally, Gilbert Strang and Frank Morgan
began to offer a series of Boston Workshops for Mathematics Faculty
and, in the fall of 1984, Tom Banchoff held a interdisciplinary
symposium at Brown University in honor of the 100th anniversary of the
publication of Edwin Abbott's Flatland.
In the 80's, the NES/MAA sponsored eleven Short Courses and several
Down East Graph Theory conferences, as well as twenty Section meetings,
almost equaling the number of Section meetings held in the MAA/NES's
first 25 years. The format of the meetings continued to include invited
speakers and relevant panel discussions, but was adjusted to include
student paper sessions, contributed paper sessions, and various
computer and pedagogical workshops. The Section continued to attract
distinguished speakers at its meetings. In particular, the Christie
Lecturers who spoke, usually without either honorarium or travel
allowances, were Gian-Carlo Rota, John Tate, John Wermer, Henry O.
Pollak, Phil Davis, Tom Tucker, Ernst Snapper, Reuben Hirsh, Ron
Graham, and Paul Schweitzer. Bodh Gulati was instrumental in his
capacity as Section Publisher's Liaison in getting a number of book
publishers to display their products at the meetings. A Microcomputer
Software Exchange was begun by Thurmon Whitley and Steve Snover. The
Section formed a Joint MAA/NCTM Articulation Committee, in which Steve
Ingram (VT), Homer Bechtell (NH), Karl West (MA), Nancy Cetorelli (CT),
and Pete Hayslett (ME) served as coordinator for their respective
states. At the end of the decade, a Special Student Chapter Session,
with an invited lecturer, was made part of the Section meeting.
All these changes would not have been possible without the dedicated
guidance of the Executive Committees of the 80's. We were fortunate to
not only have the services of Ann O'Neill, Don Small, and Jim Ward as
Section Governors during the 80's, but in order to implement the
changes it took the able leadership of our Section Chairpersons Roger
Cooke, Jim Ward, Eric Numella, Thurmon Whitley, Steve Ingram, Dennis
Luciano, and Karen Schroeder. In the 80's we became a more financially
stable organization thanks to the efforts of our Secretary-Treasurers
Shirley Blackett, Gordon Prichett, and Laura Kelleher, and to the
Connecticut and Union Mutual Life Insurance Companies who underwrote
the cost of publishing and mailing our Newsletter in the first half of
the decade. We were also well served by our Two-Year College
Representatives, Nancy Myers, Jean Smith, and Joe Menard. John Goulet,
Dennis Luciano, and Joe Witkowski served as Coordinators of the Student
Paper Sessions, while Gail Lange, Russ Rainville, Jim Tattersall, and
Ed Sandifer served as Coordinators of the Contributed Papers Sessions.
Ken Lane served as Public Information Officer for the Section and Pete
Hayslett served as Section Placement Test Representative and liaison
between the Section and the MAA Committee on Placement Examinations.
Numerous members of the Section served on program committees, local
arrangement committees or as workshop organizers, while others
participated as speakers or presenters in such sessions. It was a
genuine effort by many throughout the decade that enabled the Section
to evolve and better serve the mathematical community. It should be
noted that the road had been well paved by the generation that had
initially organized the Section and guided it during its first 25 years.
During the decade, the mathematical world lost the expertise of R. H.
Bing, E. J. McShane, George Polya, Julia Robinson, Stanislaw Ulam, Mark
Kac, Mary P. Dolciani Halloran, Gabor Szego, Bert Mendelson, Charles B.
Morrey Jr., and Henry Gehman. In our Section we lost the dedicated
services of L. Aileen Hostinsky, Dick Howland, Dorothy Bernstein, and
In the 80's several of the Section's members were honored for their
service to the mathematical community. Marshall Stone received the
National Medal of Science, Margaret Bondorew (Medway, MA) and David
Daniels (Longmeadow, MA) each received a Presidential Award for
Excellence in Science and Mathematics Teaching. Jean Smith received the
AMATYC Mathematical Excellence Award. Charles Hadlock won the MAA Book
Prize for his Carus Monograph Field Theory and its Classical Problems.
Dennis Luciano and Gordon Prichett shared the George Polya Award. The
Lester R. Ford Award was given to Stan Wagon. Marjorie Senechal was
awarded the Carl B. Allendoerfer Award. Martha Zelinka of Weston, MA
was named Governor-at-Large to represent the contingency of secondary
school mathematics teachers. Katherine O'Brien received the Deborah
Morton Award from Westbrook College honoring her for her mathematical
expertise in the classroom and for her outstanding poetry. Eric Wepsic
and Robert Southworth won honors representing the United States in the
International Mathematical Olympiad. The MAA Certificate of Meritorious
Service went to Don Small for exhibiting strong leadership, initiating
innovative ideas, and his assiduous devotion in promoting NES/MAA. In
addition, a room at the Association's National Headquarters in
Washington, D. C. is to be dedicated to one of our founders and first
Chairperson, Howard Eves.
I would be remiss at this point in archivist duties if I did not offer
an appreciative thank you to Dot Meserve, Eric Nummella, Ken Lane, Phil
Mahler, and Frank Battles for editing the Section's Newsletter. They
have left a wonderful paper trail that was a joy to follow.
| -- James J. Tattersall
|The 1990's saw the
addition of many programs to the menu of offerings of the Section. In
April of 1991 the Section held its first minicourse: "Using History in
Teaching Calculus" given by V. Frederick Rickey and held at Bentley
College. The original intention of these minicourses was to bring to
the Section outstanding minicourses first presented at the national
meetings. Minicourses were offered each following year until 1998. In
the spring of 1992, the first round of regional dinner meetings were
held, the very first one at Worcester Polytechnic Institution with the
dinner talk given by Gil Strang. These were continued through the 90's
and have provided a mechanism for networking with one's colleagues on a
regional basis. This concept sparked a lot of interest from other
Sections when we presented this concept at the national Section
Officers Meeting. At the Spring Meeting of 1997 held at Merrimack
College we had as part of the program a session for "Future Colleague"
presentations and at the Fall of 1997 meeting held at Western New
England College we had the first session of "New Faculty"
presentations. As a result younger mathematicians have become more
involved in Section activities. At the Spring Meeting of 1998 held at
Keene State the first Battles Lecture was given by Jim Tattersall. This
annual feature of the Spring Meeting is named for Frank Battles who
served as Newsletter Editor from 1988-1998. Early in 1997 the Section's
web page first appeared with Ross Gingrich of Southern Connecticut
State University serving as Webmaster.
Several interesting joint efforts of the Section took place in the
90's. On October 30, 1993, the MAA/NES and Bentley College cosponsored
a Student Career Conference, "Mathematics Opens Doors to the World".
Ten workshops, each run by an expert in their field, were offered. The
areas covered included medicine, computers and technology, banking,
operations research, teaching, information systems, statistics,
telecommunications, environmental sciences, and actuarial sciences. On
October 21, 1994 the Section, in conjunction with the Mathematics and
Music Departments of Regis College, presented "Mathematical Aspects of
the Music of Bach". This was given by Victor Hill IV, the Thomas T.
Read Professor of Mathematics at Williams College.
The Section's "Distinguished College or University Teaching Award" was
first given at the Spring of 1992 meeting at Merrimack College to Frank
Morgan of Williams College. The sectional winner is then eligible for
the corresponding national award and five of the eight Section awardees
in the 90's went on to also received the national award. The National
MAA Certificate of Meritorious Service, which is given every five
years, was awarded to Jim Tattersall of Providence College in 1972 and
to Frank P. Battles and Laura L. Kelleher of Massachusetts Maritime
Academy in 1997. The Section introduced the Howard Eves Award to honor
those who had been of great service to the Section but did not receive
the previously mentioned award. The first recipient was Howard Eves
(1990), followed by Clayton Dodge (1995) both of the University of
June of 1996 marked the end of the annual section short course at the
University of Maine which had been a popular weeklong event since it
was started in 1979 by Don Small and Grattan Murphy. For many years,
the running of this course was under the very capable direction of
Clayton Dodge. These courses provided us with an opportunity to learn
some mathematics and meet with a distinguished mathematician on the
beautiful campus of UMaine in Orono. The social highlights included an
afternoon at Acadia National Park followed by a pizza party back on
campus and a Thursday night lobster bake.
We were most fortunate in the 90's to have many talented and creative
Section Officers. More than at any other time in the Section's history,
women played a very prominent role. The first three Section Chairs
during this time period were Karen Schroeder of Bentley College
(1989-1991), Laura Kelleher of Massachusetts Maritime Academy
(1991-1993) and Donna Beers of Simmons College (1993-1995). Karen went
on to serve the Section as Governor from 1994 to 1997 and Laura and
Donna each became Governor in the next decade. Their outstanding
leadership was followed by Rick Cleary of St. Michael's College
(1995-1997) and Frank Ford of Providence College (1997-1999). We were
lead into the next decade by Ed Sandifer of Western Connecticut State
University. Don Small of Colby College finished up his three year term
as Governor in 1991. In addition to Karen Schroeder, Dennis Luciano of
Western New England College served two terms as Governor: 1991-1994 and
1997-2000. Our growing treasury and communications with the National
Headquarters were ably handled by Laura Kelleher, Premjit Singh of
Fitchburg State College, Marilyn Durkin of Bentley College, and Betsey
Whitman of Framingham State. Our Two-Year College Representatives were
Joe Menard of Community College of Rhode Island, Helene Savicki of Dean
Junior College, Miguel Garcia of Gateway Community Technical College,
Phil Mahler of Middlesex Community College and Kathy Bevelas of
Manchester Community Technical College. Frank Battles, Frank Ford and
Barry Schiller of Rhode Island College served as Newsletter Editors.
Section Meetings were held in November and June with ten in
Massachusetts, three in Rhode Island, three in Connecticut, two in
Maine, one in New Hampshire and one in Vermont. Our 40th anniversary
meeting was hosted by Salem State College in 1995. We met twice at
Merrimack College which gives this school the distinction of having
hosted the most section meetings: five. Our most elegant meeting site
was certainly the one at Salve Regina University in Newport, RI. The
best attended meeting for the 90's was held at Framingham State College
with 258 registrants. Our last meeting of the 90's was held at Bradford
College whose closing was announced the following week.
We had many outstanding lectures at our Section Meetings in the '90's.
The Christie Lectures given at the Fall Meeting were presented by John
Conway, Rodica Simion, Peter Hilton, Jim Tattersall, Robert Rosenbaum,
Doris Schattschneider, Roger Cooke, Michael Starbird, Gilbert Strang
and Charles Hadlock. The Battles Lecture instituted in 1998 was given
by Jim Tattersall and Robert Devaney. Other notable presenters include
Herb Wilf, Dan Kleitman, Marjorie Senechal, Gerald Alexanderson,
William Dunham, Ingrid Daubechies, Martha Siegel, James Leitzel, Ben
Fusaro, John Ewing, H.S.M. Coxeter, Thomas Banchoff, Philip Davis, Joe
Gallian, Margaret Cozzens, Carl Pomerance, Laurie Snell, Colin Adams,
Persi Diaconis, Philip Uri Treisman, Ken Ross, Florence Fasanelli, and
The Northeastern Region was a popular choice for summer national
meetings in the 90's. The Joint National Meeting was held at the
University of Maine (Orono) in 1992 and at the University of Vermont in
1995. At the meeting at the University of Maine, Karen Schroeder
dedicated The Howard Eves Room in the Washington headquarters of the
MAA and presented a plaque and doorknob to Clayton Dodge, representing
Howard Eves. The summer MAA Mathfest was held in Providence in 1999. In
addition, the annual meeting of the American Mathematical Association
of Two-Year Colleges was held in Boston in November of 1993.
Our Section bylaws were carefully looked at by a committee consisting
of Dennis Luciano, Jim Tattersall and Karen Schroeder. The major
changes proposed were to form an advisory council and add the
Newsletter editor to the Executive Committee. These changes were
approved by the membership and the National office in 1994.
The MAA celebrated its 75th anniversary in Columbus, Ohio in 1990. In a
memorial parade, each section carried a banner indicating the section
name and year of its founding. Ours was carried by Don Small. This
banner was then on prominent display at all of our section meetings
throughout the nineties. Each section was asked to write a history of
the section. Jim Tattersall undertook this task for our Section and
wrote a decade by decade history from the 50's through the 80's.
Clayton Dodge chipped in a biography of Howard Eves, one of the
founders of our Section; Jim Ward of Bowdoin College gave us a
biography of Dan Christie for whom the Christie Lecture is named; and
Don and Shirley Blackett of Boston University and Northeastern
University respectively gave us a personal history of the Section. This
and other historical information regarding the Section is available on
the Section's website.
| -- Frank Battles
Massachusetts Maritime Academy
|In 2005 the Northeastern Section celebrated its 50th anniversary. Having begun with a meeting on October 14, 1955 at the University of New Hampshire, the Section returned to UNH for a semi-centennial anniversary celebration at its fall, 2005 meeting. As the Section began its next 50 years, it was appropriate that the incoming chair, Tommy Ratliff, asked the Executive Committee to consider what the purpose of the Section is.
As the Section moved into the 2000's there was a mixture of continuity and change. Section meetings in the fall and spring continue to be our central activity. These are supplemented by dinner meetings in the spring. Despite excellent programs and locations, the summer short courses suffered from low attendance and morphed into a one day mini-course before the 2004 spring meeting and was discontinued after 2006. At the fall 2002 meeting, Section NExT activities for new faculty were inaugurated under the leadership of Lisa Humphreys and have continued prior to each of the fall and spring meetings. This complemented the New Faculty paper session at the fall meetings. Sarah Mabrouk brought a renewed focus on activities and outreach for graduate students at the meetings. At the fall 2006 meeting the Section held its first annual Collegiate Mathematics Competition. It was immediately successful in attracting teams of undergraduates and continued to grow through the decade. In 2007 the Section and Bentley College co-sponsored a conference for students on careers in the mathematical sciences.
The early 2000's continued the tradition of excellent Section meetings. Fall meetings were typically held close to the Boston area and Spring meetings moved further out into the section. Excellent speakers giving excellent talks were the norm for our two named lectures, the Christie Lecture in the fall and the Battles Lecture in the spring. The Christie Lectures were given by Ed Burger, Richard Guy, Carl Pomerance, Lisa Humphreys, Bud Brown, Dusa McDuff, Jennifer Beineke, Thomas Garrity, David Bressoud, and Fernando Gouvea. The Battles Lectures were given by Joe Gallian, Tom Banchoff, Thomas Hales, Mike Rosen, Frank Farris, Frank Morgan, Catherine Roberts, Jim Henle, Christopher Danforth, and Guillaume Weisang. Some of the other speakers of note at Section meetings were Fred Rickey, Greg Fredrickson, Richard Guy, Underwood Dudley, Sean McLaughlin, Gil Strang, Steve Dunbar, Dawn Lott, Ary Goldberger, Stephen Brams, Robert Bradley, David Bressoud, Arthur Benjamin, Jack Graver, Brian Winkel, Carl Cowen, Ron Graham, George Andrews, Noam Elkies, Ezra "Bud" Brown, Colin Adams, and Laura Taalman. A few of the other highlights were the recreational math focus and games from Binary Arts at the Bridgewater meeting, visitors from the Seaway Section and lots of students at the Williams meeting, the Origami Workshop at the Western New England University meeting, the juggling workshop at the Saint Michael's meeting, and presents for almost everyone in attendance at the Framingham meeting.
In addition to our Section meetings, our region was again an attractive location for the national MAA. We hosted MathFest 2002 in Burlington, VT and MathFest 2004 in Providence, Rhode Island. Section members served vital roles in the planning and execution of those meetings. Dinner meetings in the spring provided another opportunity for Section Members to gather. Sites varied, but one could always count on a meeting at Holy Cross in conjunction with their Sulski lecture and a Providence area meeting. Framingham State added an annual dinner meeting in honor of Ken Preskenis.
The Section is blessed with excellent teachers. The Distinguished Teaching Award winners for the Section were Ed Burger, Paul Blanchard, Laura Kelleher, Emma Previato, Joe McKenna Dave Abrahamson, Gil Strang, Ken Gross, David Carhart, and Sol Friedberg. Ed Burger, Tom Garrity, Gil Strang, and Ken Gross were also national Haimo Award winners.
The Section also recognized the outstanding service of four of its members. Dennis Luciano received the National MAA Certificate for Meritorious Service in 2002, while Donna Beers was awarded the certificate in 2007. Jim Ward and Karen Schroeder received the Howard Eves Award in 2000 and 2005 respectively.
Although the financial health of the Section remained strong, the Executive Committee discussed ways to deal with a downward trend. Registration fees for Section meetings were increased by $5 across the board, with the fee being $25 for members. The largest expense was the printing and mailing of the Newsletter. To cut costs the Newsletter was published on the Section website and individual members were given the option of receiving an e-mail notification that the Newsletter was available online, a one page Newsletter
Lite, or the full print version. Frank Ford, the Newsletter Editor, and Ross Gingrich, the webmaster, were key players in this move.
The Section continued to be served by a committed group of officers. Ed Sandifer of Western Connecticut State University began the decade as chair, followed by Ockle Johnson of Keene State College (2001- 2003), Sarah Mabrouk of Framingham State College (2003-2005), Tommy Ratliff of Wheaton College (2005-2007), and Jason Molitierno of Sacred Heart University (2007-2009). Former chairs served admirably as our Section's Governor, Donna Beers of Simmons College (2000-2003), Laura Kelleher of Massachusetts Maritime Academy (2003-2006), and Ockle Johnson of Keene State College (2006-2009). Ed Sandifer of Western Connecticut State University was elected Governor in 2009, but sadly was incapacitated by a stroke in August 2009 after representing the Section at MathFest. Betsey Whitman of Framingham State College concluded several years of fine service as our Secretary/Treasurer in 2000 and was succeeded by Ann Kizanis of Western New England College. Kathleen Bavelas of Manchester Community Technical College provided excellent service as our Two-Year College Representative until 2005 when she was succeeded by Lois Martin of Massasoit Community College, who served until 2008 when Phil Mahler of Middlesex Community College in Massachusetts began a long tenure. After sharing the Editorship of the Newsletter with Barry Schiller of Rhode Island College, Frank Ford of Providence College did yeoman's work as the sole editor. In 2007, Tommy Ratliff took over as Section Webmaster. Lucy Kimball of Bentley College was the coordinator for our dinner meetings. The section has also been well served by a cadre of organizers for the various paper sessions at our meetings: Ed Sandifer, Tommy Ratliff, Rob Poodiack, Ockle Johnson, Mike Cullinane, Lisa Humphreys, Karen Stanish, Ray Kovac, Phil Hotchkiss, Chris Aubuchon and Sarah Mabrouk.
The Section has also provided national MAA leadership. Tom Banchoff began the decade as the President of the MAA, and Frank Morgan began as Second Vice President. Jim Tattersall continued to serve as Associate Secretary of the MAA. Carl Pomerance served as MAA First Vice President from 2006 to 2007. Rick Cleary was elected to the MAA Budget and Audit Committee and served on the Board of Governors beginning in 2007.
| -- Ockle Johnson
Keene State College
-- Robert Poodiack
|As the Northeastern Section headed toward its 60th anniversary in 2015 and the MAA approached its 100th anniversary the same year, celebration was certainly in order. The Northeastern Section celebrated the 100th anniversary of the national organization at its Spring 2015 meeting at Keene State College, with the viewing of a "Happy Birthday" video, a birthday cake, and the unveiling of commemorative T-shirts. Section members proudly wore their T-shirts for that year's MathFest in Washington, DC, and then again at the Fall 2015 meeting, when the Section feted its sexagennial at Gordon College. With all the celebration though, a measure of reflection set in. At the national level, the MAA restructured its council and committee structure, with Governors becoming Section Representatives. While the national MAA has struggled with budget deficits at times, even announcing at the end of the 2010s a pullback from the Joint Mathematics Meetings, the Northeastern Section has been in robust financial shape for most of the past decade.
But a large savings account balance carries with it some responsibility and the Executive Committee decided to use its funds to sponsor various activities around the Northeast. In 2014, Karl-Dieter Crisman of Gordon College became the Section's first Activity Grants Coordinator. The Section has funded several small conferences and math circle activities around New England, as well as funded a Project NExT fellow in 2015. At the same time, the Section raised meeting registration fees by $10 to put them more in line with similar Section meeting fees from around the country.
Excellent section meetings remained the norm throughout the 2000s. The tradition of several compelling plenary speakers continued but as the decade proceeded, new activities such as the Teaching Ideas Hour, student scavenger hunts, and mathematical art exhibits injected freshness and vitality into the meetings. Fall meetings tended to be held in the southern part of the Section, while Spring meetings ventured further afield, even into northern New England, with two in Rhode Island, seven in Connecticut, five in Massachusetts, three in Vermont, two in New Hampshire, and one in Maine.
As usual, the Christie and Battles Lectures brought nationally renowned speakers to the Northeastern Section. Erik Demaine, William Dunham, our co-founder Clayton Dodge, Hans Kaper, Chris Rodger, Jim Tattersall, Tim Chartier, former Monthly editor Daniel Velleman and Henry Segerman gave the Christie Lectures. The Battles Lectures were given by Ed Burger, Joseph Silverman, Phil Sadler, Dan Mostow, James Bozeman, John Voight, then-MAA President Francis Su, Peter Winkler, Daniel Schultheis, and Meredith Greer. Additionally, the Section took advantage of opportunities to have MAA officers and journal editors speak at meetings with talks by Steve Abbott, Jennifer Quinn, Michael Jones, and Carol Schumacher. Other noted speakers included Gil Strang, Michael Frame, Carl Pomerance, Dan Mostow, William Dunham, and Fred Rickey.
The Section continues to have an abundance of excellent teachers. The Distinguished Teaching Award winners for the Section were Susan Loepp, Joseph Silverman, Margaret Robinson, Satyan Devadoss, Donna Beers, George Ashline, Reva Kasman, Mihai Stoiciu, and Jen Berg. Susan Loepp and Margaret Robinson were also national Haimo Award winners.
Four of our members were also recognized for years of excellent service. Frank Ford received the National MAA Certificate for Meritorious Service in 2012, while Jason Molitierno was awarded the certificate in 2017. Rick Cleary and Ed Sandifer received the Howard Eves Award in 2010 and 2015 respectively.
The Northeastern Section had a diverse, skilled group of officers during the 2010s. Rob Poodiack of Norwich University served as Chair to start the decade (2009-2011), followed by Karen Stanish of Keene State College (2011-2013), Eric Johnson of United States Coast Guard Academy (2013-2015), Vince Ferlini of Keene State College (2015-2017), and Joe Fields of Southern Connecticut State University (2017-2019). As in past years, former chairs were tapped to serve as our Section's Governor. Since our Governor, Ed Sandifer of Western Connecticut State University, was recovering from a stroke, past Governor Ockle Johnson of Keene State College, represented the Section at Board meetings. When it became clear that, unfortunately, Ed would not be able to resume his duties, Ockle was elected by the Board of Governors to serve for the remainder of Ed's term. He was succeeded by Tommy Ratliff of Wheaton College (2012-15), followed by Jason Molitierno (2015-18). New MAA bylaws included a major change to the organizational structure with a much smaller Board of Directors and Sections represented in a newly established Congress. Karen Stanish of Keene State College (2018- ) was elected as our first Section Representative. After serving as our Secretary/Treasurer for almost two decades (2001-18), Ann Kizanis of Western New England College handed over the Section accounts and other duties to Jason Molitierno in 2018. After serving as our Two-Year College Representative for a decade (2008-18), Phil Mahler of Middlesex Community College in Massachusetts was succeeded by June Stankiewicz Decker of Three Rivers Community College (2018- ). Frank Ford of Providence College continued to serve as Newsletter Editor and Klay Kruczek of Southern Connecticut State University has been sharing the role since 2017.
At the start of the 2010s, Frank Ford had also taken over as Webmaster. Rob Poodiack of Norwich University succeeded him in 2011 on what was supposed to be an interim basis, just as the college server that had hosted the Northeastern Section website did an unannounced overhaul, losing many of the Section's webpages in the process. After much labor, the Section's website was recovered, redesigned, and moved to the national MAA's servers. After a trial run at the Fall 2009 meeting, the Northeastern Section initiated online registration and payment for its twice-annual meetings beginning in 2011, one of the first sections in the country to do so successfully. After four years, Rob handed the job off to Mike Barrus from the University of Rhode Island in 2015.
Section NExT has been coordinated by Karen Stanish, then Jason Molitierno, and Klay Kruczek. Undergraduate Math Competition coordinators have included Rob Poodiack, jenn berg, Joe Fields, Vince Ferlini, Addie Armstrong. Karl-Dieter Crisman has been the Activity Grant Coordinator. Both longtime and newer members stepped in to coordinate paper sessions for the meetings: Karen Stanish, Ray Kovac, Phil Hotchkiss, Chris Aubuchon and Sarah Mabrouk, Frank Ford, Eric Johnson, Lynette Boos, Shannon Lockard, Eleanor Farrington.
Bob Devaney continued a tradition of Northeastern Section service to the MAA, serving as president from 2013 to 2014.
| -- Ockle Johnson
Keene State College
-- Robert Poodiack