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Jerry P. Becker

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[ncsm-members] SAD NEWS - PHIL WAGREICH
Posted: Jan 12, 2013 6:26 PM
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From the Chicago Sun-Times, Sunday, January 6, 2013. See

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.


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.


Additional information provided by the College of Liberal Arts and
Sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago -- see

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.

Jerry P. Becker
Dept. of Curriculum & Instruction
Southern Illinois University
625 Wham Drive
Mail Code 4610
Carbondale, IL 62901-4610
Phone: (618) 453-4241 [O]
(618) 457-8903 [H]
Fax: (618) 453-4244

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