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Remembering Dr. Richard Barshinger

7/19/2006 —

To Our Campus Community:

Dr. Richard Barshinger, will be remembered at a Memorial Service held Thursday, September 28th at Noon in the Shernine Lounge. He pased away at home on Sunday, July 16th.

We have made the showcase on the first floor of Dawson available for mementos and notes for Dr. Barshinger.

Dr. Barshinger earned a bachelor of physics degree from Lebanon Valley College where he graduated summa cum laude. He received his master’s degree in mathematics from Penn State and a doctorate in mathematical sciences from the State University of New York, Binghamton.

An innovative teacher of mathematics, Dick was a pioneer in using microcomputers to teach matrix algebra. He joined the Penn State faculty in 1970 and developed several new courses. He was awarded grants for various projects from Computer Based Educational Laboratories and Penn State.

In 1985 he was elected to the New York Academy of Science and in 1990 he received the Pharmakon Laboratory Award for Excellence in Scholarship. He was also listed in Who’s Who in Frontiers of Science and Technology, second edition.

Dick regularly published in professional journals including SIAM, (Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics) Journal on Applied mathematics. He presented dozens of papers at major regional and national meetings.

He served Penn State in many capacities over 36 years and had been named Chairman of the Promotion and Tenure Committee for this coming year.

A well-known area organist and harpsichordist, Dick was a liaison to the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. He served as organist at the Church of the Epiphany, Glenburn.

He leaves behind two children, Adrien and Jim, a grandson, his companion Barb Castanzo and many dear friends and colleagues.

Peace,

Mary-Beth Krogh-Jespersen

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