Professor Emeritus Dr. Ray Steiner, 72, of Bowling Green passed away Thursday, February 13, 2014.
Ray was born in New York, New York to the late Joseph and Clara (Levine) Finkelstein. He married Carol Cooper at the Monroe St. Methodist Church in 1972, and she survives in Bowling Green. Also surviving is his sister, Sharon Perry of Tucson, Arizona; nephew, John (Tamera) Perry of Springfield, Missouri and great- nephews, James and Cody.
Ray received his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Arizona in 1963, and then his Master of Science in 1965. In 1968, Ray received his Ph. D from the Arizona State University, where he did his thesis "On the units in a quadratic field with applications to Mordell's equation." During his time in college, Ray had two publications in mathematics. In 1968, Dr. Steiner became an Assistant Professor of Mathematics at Bowling Green State University and in 1972 became
an Associate Professor of Mathematics and Statistics. In 1979, Dr. Steiner became a Professor of Mathematics and Statistics at Bowling Green State University, where he taught classes to undergraduates and graduate students, until his retirement in 1998. During his career at Bowling Green State University, Dr. Steiner had over 35 publications in numerous books and papers. Dr. Steiner was a reviewer for the Mathematical Review as well as the Zentrablatt fur Mathematik. Dr. Steiner was a member of the NCTM, the American Mathematical Society, Mathematical Association of America, the Fibonacci Association, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and the Northern Ohio Mathematics Group. Dr. Steiner also was a member in the Honorary Societies of Tau Beta Pi in Engineering, Pi Mu Epsilon in Mathematics and Dobro Slovo in Slavic Studies.
Even though he taught mathematics, Dr. Steiner had other interest. He was fluent in nine languages and also enjoyed studying music. He played the violin and the viola. During his undergraduate and graduate studies, Ray played for the orchestras in Tucson, Arizona, where he had guest performances with Howard Hanson, Ferde Groffe and Aaron Coplain. When Ray came to Bowling Green, he played in the First Presbyterian Church in the Handbell Choir and also at the First Christian Church in its Handbell Choir, until his passing. Dr. Steiner also enjoyed doing puzzles in Game Magazine, his Ham Radio, and was certified to do Morse Code.
Visitation for Dr. Steiner will be on Friday, March 21, 2014 from 5-7 p.m. in the Deck-Hanneman Funeral Home & Crematory, 1460 W. Wooster St., PO Box 648, Bowling Green, Ohio 43402. A Celebration of Life service will be held on Saturday, March 22, 2014, at 11 a.m. in the First Christian Church, 875 Haskins Rd., Bowling Green.
Memorial contributions may be gifted in Dr. Steiner's honor to the church or to a scholarship which will be set up in his name to help students going into the mathematical field, c/o Deck-Hanneman Funeral Home, P.O. Box 648, Bowling Green, Ohio 43402.
Online condolences, as well as fond memories, may be shared with Dr. Steiner's family by visiting
DECK - HANNEMAN FUNERAL HOME & CREMATORY
1460 West Wooster Street
Bowling Green, OH 43402-2921
Published in Toledo Blade on Feb. 23, 2014