Richard D. Schafer, Head of the UConn Department of Mathematics from 1953 to 1959, and Professor Emeritus of Mathematics at MIT, passed away on December 28, 2014. Schafer received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1942, and then served in the U.S. Naval Reserve until 1945. Subsequently, he spent time at IAS and at UPenn, before moving on to UConn and then MIT. His research was in non-associative algebras. He was the spouse of Alice T. Schafer, a founder of the AWM, for whom is named the Schafer Prize.

Read the full obituary from the Boston Globe.