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Professor Ward Cheney

Austin, Texas

Jun 28, 1929 – Jul 13, 2016 (Age 87)


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Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home North - Austin Obituary

Professor Elliott Ward Cheney, Jr., age 87, always known as "Ward," passed away on July 13, 2016. He was born on June 28, 1929 in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, the younger of two children of E. W. Cheney, Sr. and Carleton (Pratt) Cheney. In mathematics, he was one of the pioneers in the...

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Wonderful person. Ward and I were close friends at Lehigh. We both played clarinet and were members of the faculty orchestra.

I was a physics graduate student at UT in the early 90s and had Dr. Kincaid for the numerical computing class that used the book which Doctors Cheney & Kincaid co-authored. I suppose that's how I knew the 60-something gentleman who bicycled all around campus was Dr. Cheney. He was something of an inspiration that way, making me think: "Well, perhaps I can still be biking when I'm in my 60's". God Bless,

I will always remember Ward for his help in the struggle to make the Mathematics Department better and develop an up tp date program. He worked with those trying to replace the leadership of the department and wanted things put in written form. I have admired him greatly. Don Edmondson

Victoria, I wish you and the family love and my deepest condolences. May the Lord bless you and keep you in His holy Arms.

We send our prayers and thoughts to Victoria and all the family. Ward fought a valiant battle, with courage and the love of his family in support.

I was a graduate student in mathematics at U.T. 1969 - 1974 with an office just down the corridor from Dr. Cheney. Our paths next crossed 41 years later when my wife Sue at the end of her eight years of early on-set Alzheimer's came to a care facility where again Dr. Cheney had a room near-by, with a copy of his ground-breaking text on approximation theory in a place of honor in the glass cabinet outside his door. That is when I got to know Virginia Cheney for nine months and observed first...

I send you love and peace, Victoria.

Dudley and Maline McCalla , neighbors on Schulle long ago, send condolences and grateful for memories of both Beth and Ward and especially of now apparently successful David, Elliot, and Margaret.

Please accept my condolences.