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PROFESSOR VICTOR L. SHAPIRO Dr. Shapiro, a Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Mathematics at UC Riverside, died on March 1, 2013, in Riverside at the age of 88. He taught mathematics at UCR for 46 years. An expert on trigonometric series and differential equations, he was internationally recognized for having solved a number of difficult problems in analysis. Victor Shapiro was born in October 1924, in Chicago, IL, to Joseph E. Shapiro and Anna Grossman Shapiro. In September 1944, he was awarded the Combat Infantry Badge for action on the South Pacific island of Bougainville. In April 1945, serving as a combat medic with the 132nd infantry regiment, he was in the 6th wave of a beachhead landing on Cebu and saw much action in the ensuing campaign. Over the course of his long and distinguished academic career, Dr. Shapiro published more than 100 papers. In 2003, he was named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. In 2011, when he was 86, his book Fourier Series in Several Variables with Applications to Partial Differential Equations was published. In 2012, he was named a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society for outstanding contributions to the creation, exposition, advancement, communication and utilization of mathematics. In 2012-2013, he was working on a new book; three new articles are in press. Dr. Shapiro is survived by his wife, Florence, to whom he was happily married for nearly 65 years and with whom he regularly attended dances; 4 children; 13 grandchildren; and a brother and sister. A memorial service will be held on Sunday, April 7, 2:00-5:00 p.m., at the UC Riverside Alumni and Visitors Center (3701 Canyon Crest Dr.; parking in Lot 24). In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations to the Victor L. Shapiro Distinguished Lecture in Mathematics Fund (http://mathdept.ucr.edu/support_mathematics.html).
Published in Press-Enterprise on Apr. 4, 2013
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