Charles B. Bell Jr.
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Dr. Charles Bernard Bell, Jr.
08-20-1928 -10-26-2010

Dr. Bell died October 26, 2010 in Los Angeles, CA. He was 82. He was born in New Orleans, LA on August 20, 1928 to Charles B. Bell Sr. and Estelle T. Bell.

Dr. Bell obtained a B.S. in Chemistry at 18, a M.S. in Mathematics at 19, and a Ph.D. in Mathematics at 24. In 1953 he married Mary Drye Bell. He held positions at Xavier University, Stanford, Case-Western Reserve, University of Michigan, Tulane, University of Washington, and San Diego State University. He retired in 1992. Dr. Bell was a Fulbright Scholar and taught at the University of Madrid and spent time at various U.S., European, African, and Asian institutions. His specialties were nonparametric statistics, stochastic processes, and related areas. He was fluent in many languages.

He was predeceased by his daughter Elaine E. Bell and his sister, Elaine Toliver. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Mary, his children Roslyn Bell, C. B. Bell, III, Karen Bell Shirley, her husband Dr. Jensen H. Shirley, and his granddaughters Jesseca Shirley and Ebony Shirley. He was an intelligent, gifted man who was much loved and will be greatly missed.

A mass will be held on November 13th at 11:00 a.m. at St. Jerome Catholic Church in Los Angeles. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Xavier University of Louisiana or University of Notre Dame of Indiana.

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Published in Los Angeles Times on Nov. 9, 2010.
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December 17, 2016
I had Dr. Bell as my professor for three consecutive statistics courses at San Diego State University, 1962-64. He was an excellent teacher who stressed understanding the concepts involved. His favorite saying when introducing a new topic was, "This is perfectly straightforward - nothing profound!" His obvious love for statistics and mathematics was contagious. He also had an excellent sense of humor, and a class session never passed bye without some comment or event that had both him and the class enjoying a laughter break. I will never forget him.
Dr. Earl Chrysler
Student
November 9, 2010
CB Bell III is one of my best friends, so my family and I have heard lots of stories about his family. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Bells, particularly CB's father. God bless you all.
Terry Danysh
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