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DON DAVID ARGO ROCKLEDGE He didnt like people calling him a genius, but they did anyway. A true academician who fully deserved the title of professor, Rockledge resident, Dr. Don David Argo, 72, passed away on Sunday, October 19, 2008, after a valiant battle against cancer. Many will remember him for his TV series of BCC math courses. By the multi-thousands, students have remembered him as the greatest teacher of mathematics they ever encountered, not only because of his gift for math, but for his inspiring nature. Few have touched the lives of so many. Born on December 28, 1935, in Stuttgart, Arkansas, Don began teaching math and coaching high school football and basketball at the age of 19 in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. An avid sportsman and athlete, he played semi-pro baseball, college football, and won a Golden Gloves boxing championship. He moved to Brevard County in 1967 where he began a thirty- eight-year career as a mathematics professor at Brevard Community College, rising to the position of Department Chair of the Math/Science Department in 1992. In 1997, he received the Distinguished Educator of the Year Award from BCC. During his career, he earned a bachelors, two masters, and a doctoral degree. Don Argo had an unquenchable thirst for knowledge, reading books by the hundreds, studying history and pursuing a passion for the written word. In 2001, Dons popular historical novel, Canaveral Light, which tells a poignant story of mans struggles forming a new settlement following the Civil War, was published. Highly acclaimed, this book won the Patrick Smith Award for Literature in 2002. He also received the Jefferson Davis Historical Gold Medal from the United Daughters of the Confederacy in 2006. Professor Argo was a founding member of the Space Coast Writers Guild and later served as president. In 2008, the Guild initiated the "Don Argo Florida Fiction Award" in his honor. His love of math, teaching and writing was born of his love for humanity, and a quest to guide others with his broad knowledge and unique brilliance. He will be forever remembered as a legend in his community. Don Argo was an artist, historian, humorist, musician, mentor, theorist and pilot, but above all he was a loving husband and proud, devoted father. He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Kathy; four children, Kim, Kevin, Sean and Shaara, and two grandchildren, D.J. and Shelby. Services will be held Sunday, October 26th, at 2:00 p.m. at Florida Memorial Funeral Home.
Published in FLORIDA TODAY on Oct. 23, 2008
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