Date: Jan 12, 2013 6:26 PM Author: Jerry P. Becker Subject: SAD NEWS - PHIL WAGREICH ****************************

From the Chicago Sun-Times, Sunday, January 6, 2013. See

http://legacy.suntimes.com/obituaries/chicagosuntimes/obituary-print.aspx?n=philip-wagreich&pid=162154242

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Obituary

Philip Wagreich

Wagreich, Philip Age 71, cherished husband of Lorraine Owles; loving

and devoted father of Heidi, Ian (Laura), Amy and Alexander; proud

and adoring grandfather of Mercedes and Felicia Koch and Hayley and

Isaac Wagreich; beloved brother of Larry (Bette); dear brother-in-law

of Jerry (Kate) Miliszkiewicz and Madeleine McDonald; caring uncle,

nephew, cousin, colleague and friend. Preceded in death by his

parents, Maurice and Beatrice Wagreich. Phil was professor emeritus

at the University of Illinois at Chicago and a nationally prominent

figure in mathematics and math education. A memorial celebration of

his life will take place in the near future. Memorials to West

Suburban PADS, Sarah's Inn, the Greater Chicago Food Depository or

the Children's Clinic of Oak Park River Forest Infant Welfare Society

would be appreciated.

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Additional information provided by a colleague: Phil died on New

Year's Day. Phil's family, friends, and colleagues will celebrate his

life on Sunday, February 10, in the early afternoon at the Nineteenth

Century Club in Oak Park, Illinois.

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Additional information provided by the College of Liberal Arts and

Sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago -- see

http://www.las.uic.edu/news/2013/01/10/mathematician-and-educator-philip-wagreich-1941-2013

Mathematician and educator Philip Wagreich, 1941-2013

[Submitted by Jeanne Galatzer-Levy, UIC News]

Jan 10, 2013

Philip Wagreich, a national leader in math education and retired

director of the University of Illinois at Chicago Institute for

Mathematics and Science Education, died January 1 of a heart attack.

He was 71.

Wagreich, professor emeritus of mathematics, statistics and computer

science at UIC and an expert on algebraic geometry, joined the

faculty in 1973. In 1985, he turned his attention to revitalizing

education and founded the office of mathematics and computer

education within the department. Under his leadership it became a

major center for mathematician-led work in mathematics education.

"In addition to his mathematical prowess and his wonderful human

qualities, we should remember Phil's profound impact on this

department and mathematics education," said his colleague John

Baldwin. "He spearheaded a mathematics education program, which in

its depth of impact on the preparation and professional development

of K-12 teachers, is virtually unmatched. We will miss him both

personally and professionally."

Wagreich and Howard Goldberg, UIC professor emeritus of physics, used

National Science Foundation grants to create the Teaching Integrated

Mathematics and Science Project. The well-known Math Trailblazers K-5

curriculum, developed by TIMS in 1997, is still in use today across

the country.

"Unlike many mathematicians, Phil had a natural ability of being able

to decipher how children come to understand mathematics and how to

help them learn mathematical concepts and skills," said Martin

Gartzman, executive director of the University of Chicago school

mathematics project, elementary component, and a long-time

collaborator with Wagreich. "Phil became a role model for the

substantive involvement of research mathematicians nationally in

precollege mathematics education."

Wagreich was a co-director of the Mathematicians and Education Reform

Forum, a national clearinghouse that built a program of

interconnected K-12, undergraduate, and graduate-level educational

activities for mathematicians. From 1997 to 2000 he was a member of

the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics' Principles and

Standards for School Mathematics writing team that developed

standards for curriculum, teaching, and evaluation in grades K-12.

Wagreich received the Excellence in Integrated Mathematics & Science

Award from the School Science and Mathematics Association in 1992 and

the Max Beberman Award for contributions to mathematics education

from the Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics in 1996.

A graduate of Brandeis University, Wagreich received his Ph.D. in

mathematics from Columbia University. He was a lecturer at Brandeis

and assistant professor at the University of Pennsylvania before

joining the faculty at UIC as associate professor in 1973. He was

named professor in 1978. He was a member of UIC's Learning Science

Research Institute.

Wagreich is remembered as a fine teacher, collaborator and friend by

many UIC colleagues. "He always had time for students who came to see

him," said Janice Nekola, assistant to the director at the Institute

for Mathematics and Science Education, who worked with Wagreich for

many years. "He was a generous spirit."

Wagreich is survived by his wife, Lorraine Owles; his children Heidi,

Ian, Amy and Alexander; and four grandchildren. A memorial is planned

for later this year. The family requests contributions to West

Suburban PADS, Sarah's Inn, the Greater Chicago Food Depository or

the Children's Clinic of Oak Park-River Forest Infant Welfare Society.

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Jerry P. Becker

Dept. of Curriculum & Instruction

Southern Illinois University

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