Wooster mourns passing of Donald Beane, emeritus professor of mathematics


Donald “Don” Gene Beane, emeritus professor of mathematics at 69þƷ, passed away on Thursday, Jan. 11, in Wooster, Ohio at the age of 94. Beane was an assistant professor of mathematics from 1962-1994 and a professor of education from 1974-1994, retiring as professor emeritus in 1994.

In his time as a professor, Beane advised numerous committees: the Library Committee, the Cultural Events Committee, the Ad Hoc Committee on Teacher Education, and the Luce Advisory Committee. Beane was also active in many statewide and national organizations such as the Ohio section and national section of the Mathematical Association of America and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

Beane committed to learning and mentorship, often using his time off to explore new fields of study within mathematics, including a year of leave from 1977-88 spent studying discrete mathematics. In 1974, the Great Lakes Colleges Association’s Faculty Development Program awarded Beane a teaching fellowship, and in 1979, the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation granted him funds to utilize experimental teaching methods with a group of high school students.

Beane graduated from Iowa Wesleyan College in 1951 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, received a Ph.D. in Mathematics Education from the University of Illinois in 1962, and received a master’s degree in mathematics from Ohio State University in 1966.

Memorial services for Beane will be held on Saturday, March 9, at 10:30 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 621 College Ave., Wooster. A full obituary is available .

Posted in News on February 2, 2024.