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Jerry P. Becker

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Sad News: Bert Waits
Posted: Aug 3, 2014 3:37 PM
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Obituary below received from several of Bert's colleagues.
Bert Kerr Waits II (AKA Hank Waits) died July 27, 2014, at Florida
Hospital East in Orlando, Florida. Burial will be at the Mifflin
Cemetery in Gahanna, Ohio. Dr. Waits was a Professor Emeritus from
The Ohio State University where he taught in the Mathematics
Department from 1961 to 1991. He also was a retired consultant for
Texas Instruments, Education Technology Division, and a mathematics
textbook author for Addison Wesley, Prentice Hall, and Holt McDougal.

Dr. Waits received a BS, MS, and Ph.D all from The Ohio State
University in 1962, 1964, and 1969. He was the co-founder of Teachers
Teaching with Technology program ( He
served on the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)
Board of Directors, was a member of the Advanced Placement Calculus
Committee, co-author of the original NCTM 1989 Standards for
Curriculum and Evaluation of School Mathematics, and author or
co-author of over seventy articles in national and international
mathematics and mathematics education journals. He gave over 200
invited lectures worldwide from 1988 to 2006. He authored several
articles for the Ohio Genealogical Society.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter Jones Waits and Ruth
Virginia Thurman. He is survived by his wife of many years, Barbara
Jean Finley, Longwood, Florida; only sibling, Walter Nicholas Waits
(Claudia) of Lehighton Pa; sons David O'Brien Waits (Ursula) of
Dublin, Ohio; and Jeffrey Thurman Waits (Janette) of Hilliard, Ohio;
step-daughters Sherri Lynn Bartow of Corning, Ohio; Brigitte Amber
Betosky (Jeff) of North Augusta, South Carolina; Brittany Renee
Bartow-Skeens of Massillon, Ohio. Grandchildren, Michael O'Brien
Waits and Marisa Anne Waits, twelve step grandchildren, Jayson
Blaies, Justin Blaies, Joey Shively, Darian Betosky, Jeffrey Betosky
II, Robert Betosky, Samantha Skeens, Natalie Skeens, Stephen Skeens,
Jr., Hunter Skeens, Stephanie Skeens, and Ashley Skeens.

There will be a gathering to celebrate his life on August 16 from
12-4 at the Notting Hill Condominium Club House 1311 Villa Prima Way,
Lake Mary, Florida 32746. A second gathering of friends will be on
Sunday, September 28, 2014, at The Ohio State University Faculty
Club, 181 Oval Drive South, Columbus, Ohio 43210, from 1:30 to 4:30
PM. Those wishing to attend the Columbus memorial should RSVP Ed
Laughbaum at

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Bert Waits' memory to:
The Mathematics Education Trust (MET) of the National Council of
Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), 1906 Association Drive, Reston, VA
20191-1502. Please designate your contribution to the Texas
Instruments Demana-Waits Fund which supports the Prospective 7-12
Secondary Teacher Course Work Scholarships. MET channels the
generosity of contributors through the creation and funding of
grants, awards, honors, and other projects that support the
improvement of mathematics teaching and learning. For more
information, please visit

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