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Sarah "Sally" Herriot Obituary
Sarah "Sally" Herriot
June 20, 1918 - Sept 24, 2013
Resident of Palo Alto, California
National leader in high school mathematics education

Raised in South Carolina, she received her BA from Winthrop College as Valedictorian, her MS in Math from Brown University, and later her Doctorate in Math Education from Stanford. While at Brown, she met her husband, John Herriot from Winnipeg, who was completing his PhD in math.
After marrying in 1941, they came to Stanford where he joined the Math Department and later co-founded the Computer Science Dept, and Sally taught math to returning GIs. In the 1950s, she sought a position teaching math at Palo Alto High School, but Paly didn't hire women math teachers at that time so she taught math at Wilbur Junior HS, followed by co-founding the math departments at Cubberley HS and then Gunn HS. She was a national leader in high school math education, author of several SMSG publications of the "new math" curriculum, and national President of Mu Alpha Theta (an honorary math club). She had the pleasure of teaching math at Paly the last 6 years of her career. About a decade ago at a Gunn HS founding classes reunion, the class president named her as one of the two most inspiring teachers he had had at Gunn.
She was devoted to her family and took them on numerous trips across the U.S. and to Europe. As an avid skier, she delighted in organizing annual Christmas ski trips to Mammoth for her children and grandchildren. She also enjoyed playing bridge with her friends.
She is survived by her 4 children, Robert (Patricia), Jean Emans (John), James (Maren), and John (Bobby), 6 grandchildren, Jennie, Nick, Liv, Neil, Kate Emans Sims, Matt Emans, and 3 great grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held on December 7 at 1:30pm at the First United Methodist Church at 625 Hamilton Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301.
In lieu of flowers, a fund has been set up to provide an annual scholarship for promising math students at Paly. Please make checks to "PAUSD - Dr. Sally Herriot Memorial Scholarship" and sent to PAUSD, Business Service, 25 Churchill Ave. Palo Alto, CA 94306.

Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on Nov. 24, 2013
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