Prof. Gary Vance

The university community is deeply saddened by the sudden passing of Prof. Gary Lee Vance on Monday, June 6, 2008.  His untimely death is a great loss to everyone who knew him as a valued colleague, professor and friend.  His long standing dedication to his students, his teaching, and to LTU will be sorely missed. 

Prof. Vance joined what was then Lawrence Instiute of Technology (LIT) in 1965 as an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science and had been educating Lawrence Tech students ever since.  As a teacher he was demanding, but fair.  Prof. Vance was open and friendly, always a pleasure to talk with, and had a keen wit and a wonderful sense of humor.  The department and the college benefited greatly from his experience and wisdom.

Outside of LTU Prof. Vance taught mathematics for Livonia Public Schools from 1960 to 2000 and served as Mathematics Department Chairperson for 17 years.  He also chaired numerous committees, trained many teachers, and chaired the Mathematics Department at the Advanced Technology Academy charter high school from 2000 to 2003.  Prof. Vance earned a B.A. from the Detroit Institute of Technology, an M.A. from the University of Detroit, and a Mathematics Education Specialist Degree from Wayne State University.  Over his long and distinguished career he attended many seminars and programs sponsored by the National Science Foundation.  He was active both in his church and in the community.

Gary is survived by his beloved wife of 48 years, two children and two grandchildren.