Herb Walum

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Walum Herb Walum died of colon cancer on December 7, 2013 in Bremerton, Washington in the same hospital in which he had been born 77 years earlier. To nearly the end of his life he continued to "chop wood and carry water." Herb earned his B.S. at Reed College and his Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Colorado. He taught at The Ohio State University until his retirement. Herb loved string quartets, photography, wood-working, cosmology, Tibetan Buddhism and Puget Sound. He is survived by two sons, Ben (Tami) and Josh; two grandchildren, Shana West and Akiva Walum-Roberts; his ex-wife, Laurel Richardson (Ernest Lockridge); and his companion, Moira McCluney. He was at peace with them all. When Herb was asked about an obituary, he said, "There is a humorous saying that expresses what I think is important and sums up my life-- the connection between the mysterious and the mundane." This is the saying: Time flies like an arrow/Fruit flies like bananas. In memoriam, please do something nice for someone in his name. Herb always had a kind heart.

Published in The Columbus Dispatch on Jan. 10, 2014
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