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Memoir

Arthur F. Coxford
Regent's Proceedings 276

The Regents of the University of Michigan acknowledge with great sadness the death on March 5, 2000, of Arthur F. Coxford, Jr., professor of mathematics education.

Born in Holland, Michigan, Professor Coxford received his B.A. degree in mathematics, summa cum laude, from Albion College in 1959, and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Michigan in 1960 and 1965, respectively. He taught mathematics at Lawrence University in Wisconsin from 1960-62 and at University High School from 1962 until it closed in 1969. He joined the faculty of the University of Michigan School of Education in 1965 and was promoted to professor of mathematics education in 1973.

Professor Coxford was a devoted and much-beloved teacher and mentor and a valued colleague and a friend. He was known as a scholar's scholar and a person of great fairness and integrity. He was co-author with his longtime friend and colleague, Joseph Payne, of several editions of well-known high school mathematics texts published by Harcourt Brace. As a writer with the Core Plus Mathematics Project and co-author of the book Geometry, A Transformational Approach, he was at the forefront of innovative reform efforts to improve the quality of mathematics teaching and learning. He was very active in preparing teachers of mathematics and hundreds of his students have gone on to successful teaching careers. At Michigan, he was a strong supporter of undergraduate teacher education and served as director of the teacher education program. Active in mathematics and mathematics education organizations at the state and national levels, Professor Coxford was recognized for his leadership qualities. He was president of the Michigan Council of Teachers of Mathematics and served on many MCTM and Michigan Department of Education committees. At the national level, his work with the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics included service as chair of the publications committee, author and editor of the yearbooks, journal reviewer, and other committees. He was also president of the national organization, School Science and Mathematics Association.

We join Professor Coxford's wife, Diane, and two daughters, Anne McIntosh and Cynthia Tyner, their spouses and children, in mourning the loss of our dear colleague. He was a beautiful person and a wonderful colleague and friend, and will be sorely missed.