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Richard Skemp
Posted: Jun 23, 1995 12:22 PM
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I have just received the attached annoucement in another e-mail list.

Tad Watanabe
Towson State University
Towson, Maryland


From: IN%"" 23-JUN-1995 11:13:55.79
To: IN%""
Subj: Richard Skemp's passing

I am very sorry to have to say that Richard Skemp died yesterday (22 June
1995). He was a founder member of PME (or IGPME as it was first called),
ran PME3 at Warwick University almost single handed and became the second
President of PME. I am therefore e-mailing all regional contacts of PME in
the hope that the message can be passed on to as many members as possible
in a short time.

It was discovered that he had non-Hodgkinson's lymphoma at the end of 1994.
He had chemotherapy and was able to stay at home where he was nursed by his
wife, Valerie. They were a devoted and self-contained couple. Valerie
looked after him and protected him from all visitors. I was able to visit
him only twice in the last six months. On both occasions he was clear and
lucid, despite the effects of the drugs. I last spoke to him on the
telephone and it was the old Richard I always knew. Valerie told me that he
was peaceful to the last.

I know Valerie is feeling the sudden loss and I would very much appreciate
it if anyone who knew Richard, or even his work would feel able to write a
few words to Valerie in tribute to him, perhaps a story they can tell of
something he said or did. If you can do this, please either send it by post
to her at

Valerie Skemp
31 Cannon Hill Rd

tel. (0)1293 418064

Alternatively you may wish to e-mail a tribute for him to my e-mail address
( and I will get it nicely printed and give to
As of today funeral arrangements are yet to be made, but I understand
Richard will be cremated towards the end of next week (ending Friday 30

Professor David Tall

Mathematics Education Research Centre
Warwick Institute of Education
Warwick University

Tel: 01203 523867 (office)
01926 56728 (home)
Fax: 01203 523237


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