James B. Serrin

Minneapolis, Minnesota


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James Serrin passed away in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Funeral Home Services for James are being provided by Washburn-McReavy Funeral Chapels. The obituary was featured in Star Tribune on August 26, 2012.

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I am deeply saddened to learn that one of the greatest mathematical scientists, with such a rare taste for elegance, and so helpful with younger scientists, will no longer be able to answer my mails.

My condolences to his family,

J. Pelkowski

A great loss for the international mathematical community. We all remember James for his outstanding mathematical achievements and for his great human side.

Dear Barbara,
I am deeply saddened to learn of Jim's passing; my deepest condolences to you and the family. Jim was a great mathematician who profoundly influenced the field of elliptic pde and applications. I got to know him better over the years starting from my years as Ass't Prof. at UMN in 1974. Underneath his somewhat reserved and wry midwestern visage, he was a passionate man for all the finer things in life. He pursued excellence with all his force and was incredibly...

Dear Mrs. Serrin, my condolences to you and your family. I remember your husband as a great mathematician, who inspired and encouraged me and many others so much. Forever I will remember his friendly and charismatic way of speaking to me on the first time we met. I am very grateful for having met James Serrin and I will treasure the memories of my time as his postdoc in 1996/97. With great respect, Wolfgang Reichel

Dear Jim, I was deeply saddened to learn of your death. I have such sweet memories of our many lunches at the Campus Club where we shared feelings and thoughts about our families, the world, art, music, the University, our religions and other such things that matter. I will miss you deeply.
Dear God in heaven, I'm sure you have welcomed this dear, smart, loving man to your firmament where he can extend his earthly mortality whence he enriched your world, to immortality where he will...

My condolences to James' family.
James, I'll miss you deeply.
I'll miss the Man, the Friend, the Mathematician,
your energy, your enthusiasm and your elegance.
You are no longer here, but your legacy and your example will always remain.


Dear Barbara and family: what an honor for me to know such an honest, loving, caring man for as long as I can remember! He was so clear and supportive about how much he loved my parents. He gave me adult conversation from about age 10 onward.
And that was a compliment from a PhD professor! I'm sorry I did not hear about Jim's passing until today and I'm writing while you are at Minnehaha. Blessed Be, Steve Coll

My condolences to James Serrin's family.

I have learned so much from James's groundbreaking papers and from his excellent talks. I have benefitted so much from James's encouragement and support. And I have enjoyed so much knowing the outstanding mathematician and exceptional personality of James Serrin.

I would like to express my condolences to James Serrin's family. I will always remember its deep generosity and its humanity. He was a "magister" in mathematics for many of us, including me, but I also remember many stimulating discussions about politics, history and many different areas of culture. I will miss him like a member of my family.