Bert Waits Obituary

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Bert Kerr Waits

December 21, 1940 - July 27, 2014
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Bert Kerr Waits II (AKA Hank Waits) age 73, born December 21 1940, 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...

Bert Kerr Waits II (AKA Hank Waits) age 73, born December 21 1940, 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 (http://education.ti.com/t3). 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. “The power of visualization” was his mantra and he directly or indirectly touched the lives of tens of thousands of students, teachers and colleagues worldwide. He also was a genealogical and historical researcher and 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, 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; 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, Marisa Anne Waits 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. Those wishing to attend the Florida gathering should RSVP Marisa Waits at Mwaits@kent.edu.





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. Time to be determined at a later date. Those wishing to attend the Columbus memorial should RSVP Ed Laughbaum at ed@redbankpublishing.com





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 www.nctm.org/met.















"Neil and I are gutted to hear about Bert. He really did change are teaching of mathematics for the good." Harry & Neil (Sheffield Yorkshire)

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