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Professor Emeritus of Mathematics George Simmons Passes Away

Colorado College Professor Emeritus of Mathematics George Simmons passed away Tuesday, Aug. 6, in Colorado Springs. He was 94 years old.

Simmons taught at CC from 1962-90. In his long academic career, he also taught at Williams College, the University of Rhode Island, the University of Maine, Yale University, and the University of Chicago before arriving in Colorado Springs.

In his work in mathematics, he studied Banach algebras for his dissertation work at Yale and he focused his future mathematical work in classical analysis. Simmons was well known for delivering his lectures in ways which were engaging for students, and he used a writing style in his field which earned him a worldwide reputation for clear and precise instruction. Simmons’ brilliant teaching also was supported by his dedication to writing of texts such as:

  • “Introduction to Topology and Modern Analysis” (1963)
  • “Differential Equations with Application and Historical Notes” (1972, 1991 (2nd ed.)
  • “Precalculus Mathematics in a Nutshell” (1981)
  • “Calculus with Analytic Geometry” (1985, 1996 (2nd ed.)
  • “Calculus Gems” (1992)

 A memorial service will be held at a later date.