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Professor Emerita Helen Pearl Beard dies

Helen Pearl Beard, pro- fessor emerita of math- ematics, died January 8 at the age of 88 in Lynchburg, Va.

Beard joined the faculty at Binghamton in September 1961 and retired in June 1982. She received her doctorate in mathematics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Jerry Miller ’67, this year endowed the Helen P. Beard Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Mathematics. Miller, senior instructor and assistant chair of the department of economics at Miami University, Ohio, said his success as an academician is due, in large part, to the role models he worked with as an undergraduate at Harpur.

“High on that list of superb individuals was Professor Helen P. Beard,” he said. “To me, she was the consummate example of a true teacher – excellence in the classroom and compassionate and sagacious advising.” Beard is survived by two cousins, Ruby Beard and Mary Jane Nobel of Ravenna, Ohio.
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Last Updated: 10/14/08