Latta, Gordon E.
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Mar. 8, 1923 - Jan. 15, 2014
Gordon E. Latta was born on March 8, 1923. He obtained his Bachelor's in Philosophy at the University of British Columbia, his Master's Degree in Mathematics at Princeton University and his PhD at California Institute of Technology. Subsequently, Stanford University Mathematics department recruited him, where he taught for 15 years. In 1964 he accepted the Endowed Chair at the University of Virginia where he spent several years as professor in the Mathematics department until he moved back to California to teach at the Naval Post Graduate School in Monterrey, CA. There he was the chair of the Mathematics and Computer department for many years. Gordon was the author of a book in complex variables and was a pioneer in the development of satellites and computer systems for airplanes. Gordon loved teaching, the outdoors, mountain hiking, sailing, flying airplanes, playing chess, listening to classical music and crosswords. What he loved the most was mathematics and working with computers. Gordon had a brilliant mind and an amazing sense of humor. Gordon leaves behind his spouse Lia, children Robin, Maria Claudia, and Brian, their spouses, his grandchildren Carolina, Claudia, and 10 others, great-grandchildren, great-great grand children, his cousins David and Key Latta and dear, life-long friends Dick and Bobby Talmadge.
Published in Herald Tribune from Feb. 16 to Feb. 17, 2014