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BOAL, Jan List JAN LIST BOAL JAN LIST BOAL, 82, went home to be with his Lord on January 16, 2013, after a courageous 3 year battle with leukemia. He was born on 10-20-30, the son of Jan & May List Boal of Canton, Ohio. He studied at GaTech, receiving in 1954 both his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering (first in his class, Phi Kappa Phi Scholarship Cup and Briaerean Cup for Outstanding Co-op Student) and the first Master's Degree in Mathematics ever granted by GaTech. He met his wife Bobby at First Baptist Church of Atlanta and they married in 1953. One of 11 college graduates in the nation to receive GE's post-graduate Swope fellowship for advanced study, and awarded a Danforth fellowship and a teaching fellowship to MIT, he earned his PhD in Mathematics from MIT in 1959. He taught at the University of S.C. in Columbia, from 1960-1969. While there he received NSF-USAID grants to improve the teaching skills of college math professors in India during the summer of 1967. His wife and 3 young children traveled with him around the world, visiting 18 countries and 3 continents along the way. In 1969 he moved to Atlanta GA to become the Chairman of the Math Department at Georgia State University, where he taught his students to be unafraid of math through his infectious love for the subject. Years after retirement, former students still stop his family members to talk about the difference Dr. Boal made in their lives. He received special awards for excellence in teaching at every school where he taught. Before he retired from GSU in 1990, Jan & Bobby purchased, renovated and opened the Veranda Bed & Breakfast Inn in 1985. The inn, known for its beautiful kaleidoscopes, Bobby's homemade five course meals, and hosts who epitomized hospitality, was featured nationwide on television and in periodicals, including Inn Country USA, Southern Living, Atlanta Magazine, the AJC, Southern Homes and National Geographic Traveler, and was voted best inn in the US & Canada by inn-goers in Pamela Lanier's Guide. The inn became a favorite of movie producers and hosted actors Elijah Wood, Kathy Bates, Jessica Tandy, Chris O'Donnell, director Jon Avnet and others. After 20 years of inn keeping, they "retired" to Atlanta and opened the Kaleidoscope Shop in 2006, located in Briarcliff Village near Northlake Mall,. The shop features the broadest array of kaleidoscopes available in the Southeast and other fascinating gifts. Although born in Ohio, Jan was the quintessential Southern Gentleman. Thousands of guests in his home, Inn and shop saw his face light up as he greeted them with an enthusiastic, "Welcome, welcome! We're so glad to see you! Come on in!" Jan was quick to share his zeal for math, kaleidoscopes, life and his faith in Christ. He never met a stranger; he loved people and people loved him. His hobbies included all things mathematical; chess; puzzles of all kinds; sailing and building elaborate wooden ship models; and stained glass work. He was endlessly curious, an insatiable reader, kind, uplifting, and enthusiastic. He loved to laugh and saw life as an unending adventure of shared discovery. He was a father figure to people from all over the world-not only to his own children, but to his students, church family, and his patrons of the Inn and the shop. They considered themselves "adopted" members of his great, extended and welcoming family. His tenacity following his 2010 diagnosis of advanced leukemia was astonishing. For the first thirty days while enduring three different, simultaneous chemotherapies, he cut a well-known figure in the cancer ward as he walked two miles a day, pushing his IV pole. He was an inspiration to nurses and patients alike, always most interested in offering a kind word to others rather than talking about his own condition. Near the end, he talked about how happy and blessed he was despite a myriad of treatments, surgeries and medical complications, and how much he had enjoyed the three years that had been added to his life. Jan is survived by his wife, Bobby Snow Boal, whom he cherished every moment of the nearly 60 years of their marriage together; children, Bob & Laura Boal, Emily (Boal) & Jim Wert Jr., and Ginger (Boal) & Doug Jamieson; grandchildren: Ellen (Boal) & John Toll, Alex Boal, Michael Boal, James (III) & Christina Wert, Andrew Wert, Erin Wert, Caitlin Wert, Amethyst (Jamieson) & Daniel Shey, Merry Jamieson, Westley Jamieson; and great-granddaughter Sophia Wolfe. An infant daughter, Jana, born in 1957, preceded him in death. Jan was a pillar of faith and love. He loved well and lived fully, treasuring every day that God gave him, and he taught all those around him to see life as a gift. Exemplifying his giving heart to the end, Jan donated his body to Emory Medical School. A memorial service will be held at Briarcliff Baptist Church at 3039 Briarcliff Rd, Atlanta 30345 on Saturday, January 26, 2013 at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations in his name may be made to Briarcliff Baptist Church, Samaritan's Purse, or International Students, Inc.
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Jan. 20, 2013
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