J. Douglas Faires, 71, of Pulaski, PA died Friday, December 21, 2012, following an extended illness.

Born in Sharon, PA, the son of Edon and Gwen Faires, Doug graduated from Sharpsville High School, class of 1959. He pursued an undergraduate degree at Youngstown State University, graduating in 1963, and left YSU to complete a Ph.D. in mathematics at University of South Carolina before returning to YSU as a faculty member in 1969. He has been associated with Youngstown State University ever since, retiring as professor of mathematics in 2006. During his tenure at YSU, Doug was the recipient of numerous awards, including the Outstanding College-University Teacher of Mathematics by the Ohio Section of the Mathematical Association of America and five Distinguished Faculty awards from Youngstown State University, which also awarded him an Honorary Doctor of Science in 2006. For nearly two decades, he was a member of the council of Pi Mu Epsilon, National Mathematics Honorary Society, including a term as president. In addition, he was awarded the MacDuffee Award by Pi Mu Epsilon for lifetime service in 2005. Doug was a Co-Director of examinations for the American Mathematics Competitions for 8 years and has been a long-term judge for the COMAP International Contest in Mathematical Modeling. He authored or co-authored more than 20 books, including nine editions of the classic Numerical Analysis. Dr. Faires, as he was known to his students, will be remembered not for his awards, but as a dedicated teacher. He was a master at getting the best out of those around him, encouraging them to recognize their own potential and mentoring them to achievements far beyond their expectations. A tireless champion of undergraduate research in mathematics, Doug was a driving force behind the establishment, in 2006, of the Center for Undergraduate Research in Mathematics at Youngstown State.

Doug was himself an enthusiastic student and problem solver, pursuing many avocations including woodworking and bread baking using the outdoor pizza oven he built. He and his wife traveled extensively, but always found their way in the summers to their cottage on Lake Muskoka in Ontario, Canada, the area from which Doug's parents migrated to western Pennsylvania in the 1930s.

He leaves his wife Barbara, Secretary of the Mathematical Association of America and retired professor of mathematics at Westminster College in New Wilmington, PA. He also leaves one daughter, Erika, who works in investor relations at Bracebridge Capital in Boston, MA, and her husband Dr. Matthew Salzler. Doug was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Dr. Nancy Faires Conklin and Dr. Nora Faires. A Memorial Service will be held at St. John's Episcopal Church, 323 Wick Avenue, Youngstown on February 23, 2013 at 3:00pm, following the undergraduate research in mathematics conference that he started at YSU in 1999. Memorial contributions can be made to the YSU Center for Undergraduate Research in Mathematics (CURMath, www.curmath.ysu.edu) or to any organization that encourages students to pursue excellence in mathematics.

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