John R. SCHUE
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Of Inver Grove Heights, formerly St. Paul John R. Schue, age 88, born in Gaylord, MN, died peacefully at Regions Hospital August 24, 2020. He leaves behind the family he so cherished: Barbara, his beloved wife for 63 years, four children—Martha (Michael) Knutson, Dan (Jonette), Steve (Cindy), and Paul (Lisa Williamson), twelve grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, a niece and seven nephews. They and his many friends will miss the gracious introvert with caring eyes, open ears, lovely smile, warm heart, and quick wit. A '53 graduate of Macalester College (where he fell in love with mathematics), he chose M.I.T. for graduate school as he had never been east of Chicago. After finishing his Ph.D., he taught with patience and ingenuity for 3 years at Oberlin College and 37 years at Macalester. He continued to enjoy and publish his mathematics research. John was a runner (every day, year-round), a news hound, and the family cook. He loved sports (had three baseball encyclopedias), classical music, good books, and western mountains (after two summers working in Yellowstone). Led by his Christian faith to help others, he taught adult basic education in the inner city, visited men in prison, drove seniors to appointments, and donated generously to blood drives and causes fighting injustice and hunger. Memorial gifts may go to Macalester College or to food shelves. Virtual service to be announced later via www.macalester-plymouth.org/.




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Published in Pioneer Press on Sep. 13, 2020.
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September 16, 2020
Professor Schue was my calculus instructor 42 years ago at Macalester. He was an obviously brilliant man, capable of coming in to class at 8:30 in the morning and lecturing for nearly an hour with little or no use of notes. In spite of the early hour, I believe he made only one mistake the entire semester, and that a minor one. Though he had a rigorous mind, it never prevented him from showing his personality, which was fair, kind, and concerned. I am saddened by his passing but hope that his family can take comfort in the very real contribution he made to so many students' lives.
Carl Wiggins
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