Alice T. (Turner) Schafer
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SCHAFER, Alice T. (Turner) 94, of Lexington, MA, died on Setember 27, 2009. Beloved wife for 67 years of Richard D. Schafer of Lexington. Devoted mother of John D. Schafer of Turner, ME and Richard S. Schafer of Newton, MA. Grandmother of Scott D. Schafer of Marlborough, MA, Tania Murray of Frankfort, IL and Stephanie Altavilla of Chelsea, MA. Great-grandmother of Mikayla and Grant Murray. Born Alice Elizabeth Turner in Richmond, VA, on June 18, 1915, she was orphaned early, and was raised by two sisters, Miss Pearl Dickerson of Scottsburg, VA and Beulah Dickerson (Mrs. George W.) Rogers of Richmond. She lived in Scottsburg through high school and then in Richmond. She received an AB degree from Westhampton College of the University of Richmond 1936 and an honorary DSc degree from that University in 1964. In 1940 she received an MS degree and in 1942 a PhD degree from the University of Chicago. She taught mathematics at several colleges, principally at Connecticut College, and then at Wellesley College where she retired in 1980 as the Helen Day Gould Professor of Mathematics. Following her retirement she continued to teach at Simmons College and at Marymount University in Arlington, VA, until she was eighty-one years old. During 1973 - 1975 she was president of the Association for Women in Mathematics, which later named its annual prize for the outstanding undergraduate woman majoring in mathematics the Alice T. Schafer prize. She was active in the American Mathematical Society, the Mathematical Association of America (which in 1998 granted her its annual award for distinguished service to mathematics), the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Phi Beta Kappa, and other professional organizations. She led delegations to China for People to People. In accordance with her wishes there will be no funeral or memorial service. Douglass Funeral Home Lexington 781-862-1800

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December 3, 2009
I was very sorry to hear of Alice Schafer's death. I recall meeting her
about 1970 when she and her husband visited Chicago. She did
a great deal for women in mathematics and thus for all mathematicians.
George Glauberman
October 2, 2009
Alice Schafer enabled others to be their best. She stimulated curiosity and encouraged exploration. I am honored to have you as my aunt.
David Schafer
September 30, 2009
The passion Alice had for her loves had no boundries. She was amazing and an inspiration. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Sharon Rewerts
September 29, 2009
Alice Schafer was a leader who encouraged many mathematicians
and positively impacted many lives. My condolences to her family.

Suzanne Lenhart
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