Nicholas Joseph Vesper
73, passed away on March 29, 2013. He was born in Jersey City, NJ on March 1, 1940 to the late Phillip and Anna (Martinez) Vesper. He graduated from St. Joseph's College. After completing a masters at the University of Illinois, he became a mathematics professor at Butler University, where he began a lifelong career in mathematics and education research. While at Butler he also directed the Holcomb Observatory, directed the first university computer center, and later served as registrar. He then worked as a researcher with the IU Center for Education Policy and was a director at the State Student Assistance Commission of Indiana. There he supported the Indiana National Guard, doing much of the original research that led to state tuition remission for National Guardsmen. After retirement, he often taught at University High School of Indiana, sharing his passion for astronomy and advanced mathematics.
He was a devoted son, brother, husband, father and grandfather. He loved mathematics, opera, bird watching, poetry, and landscaping. He studied current research in mathematics and astronomy until his death.
He is survived by his wife Jeannine (Moran), former wife Patricia (Singelman), sons David (Lara) of Fishers, Chris (Laurie) of Powder Springs, GA, Tim (Jess) of Indianapolis, and grandchildren Benjamin, James, Evan, Hannah, and Daniel.
Visitation is at Immaculate Heart of Mary (5692 N Central Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46220) from 9-11 AM on Tuesday, April 2. Funeral mass and entombment will follow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Immaculate Heart of Mary, St Joan of Arc, or University High School of Indiana. Arrangements entrusted to Leppert Mortuary, Nora Chapel.