So sorry to hear of Ken's passing...my son graduated from DHS in 2012 and was privileged to work with him..Josh is now at Harvard...feel very blessed that he had the opportunity to work with such a brilliant mind...our sympathies to your family and thank you...The Bean family
In recent years, I have been making pizza for my family. Every time I make it, I think of the great parties we attended at the Appel house on Pell circle in Urbana, where Ken would make pizza for everybody - ken's pizzas me this idea. I use organic ingredients in proportions that are far more healthy than commercial pizza, so that my kids can have long lives. Thank you, Ken.
We want to express our sadness on hearing the news about your husband Ken. Upon reading Ken's obituary we also found out about your daughter Laurel. Our thoughts are with you at this difficult time. We fondly remember your family being part of our Urbana neighborhood.
My condolences to the Appel family. I was one of Dr. Appel's students at UNH and I was struggling in his class. He took the time to sit with me and never once did I feel stupid. In fact, it inspired me to complete my degree. He truly was one in a million.
My local paper in my very small town in Southern Illinois listed Professor Appel's death because of his fame in proving the four color theorem. I had Prof Appel my first semester at U of I for Honors Calculus III. He was an engaging and enthusiastic professor, who clearly loved mathematics, and probably was one reason I decided to major in mathematics. For years our mailings from the mathematics department proclaimed: "Four Colors Suffice."
I went on to law school because I was not cut out to be a mathematician, but Professor Appel is the only math professor whose name and memory has stayed with me. I am sorry for the family's loss, but grateful I had the opportunity to extend to his family my good memories of him.