Family-Placed Death Notice
AMES, William WILLIAM FRANCIS AMES William Francis Ames passed on August 3rd. Bill was a wonderful man with an amazing mind. He was a devoted and loving husband for 58 years to Terry and father to Karen, Susan, and Pam. Bill was born December 8, 1926 in Brandon, Manitoba, Canada. He is a Navy veteran of WWII and the Korean War. He obtained his undergraduate (Phi Beta Kappa) as well as graduate degrees in applied mathematics from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 1950 and 1954, respectively. He was a professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Delaware and the University of Iowa. In 1975 he joined Georgia Institute of Technology and became the director of the school of mathematics in 1982 and chairman of the University Center of Mathematics in 1988. He is 'Regents' Emeritus Professor of Mathematics at Georgia Tech. He authored eighteen technical books and 113 research publications on applied mathematics and proudly collaborated on several publications with his daughter Karen, also a professor of mathematics. Many of these publications have been translated internationally. Bill Ames became co-editor-in-chief in 1991 of the Journal of the Mathematical Analysis and Applications. He always showed exceptional levels of devoted service, was greatly respected among his colleagues, and his legacy continues with his numerous graduate students who became professors at universities worldwide. Bill's passions were playing bridge, completing the daily crossword puzzles with Terry, international and national travel, spending time with his family and friends, talking about mathematical problems with his daughter Karen, and reading historical books, having an abundance of knowledge, better known as trivia to most. Bill is survived by his loving wife, Terry, his older brother, Don Ames, his younger sister, Joanne Wilcox, his loving daughters, Susan and Pam and their spouses, Mikey and Marc, and his sister-in-law, Ethel Danielson. Throughout his long and accomplished life, Bill has always been enthusiastic and generous in his encouragement for all matters. He will be dearly missed. We love you so very much Bill. A celebration of Bill's life will be held on Thursday, August 13. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Habitat for Humanity. Arrangements by the Cremation Society of Georgia 404- 355-7627
Published by Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Aug. 11, 2009.