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Eleonora Catsigeras eleonora en fing.edu.uy
Jue Mar 13 10:46:41 UYT 2014

Gracias por compartir.

2014-03-13 10:25 GMT-03:00 Dr. Roberto Markarian - IMERL <roma en fing.edu.uy>:

> Lee Lorch fue un activo colaborador con la causa de la ciencia uruguaya
> durante la dictadura y posteriormente. Donó sus archivos sobre Massera
> a la Universidad de la República.
> Es el Sr. de la derecha en la foto sacada en el Congreso Internacional
> de Matemáticos realizado en Berkeley, California en 1986.
>  Lee Lorch, 1915-2014
>  Lee Lorch [ http://www.ams.org/news?news_id=2168 ] of York University
> (Canada), who all his life fought against discrimination of all kinds,
> died on February 28 at the age of 98. Lorch was a mentor to many African
> American mathematicians and an early supporter of the creation of the
> Association for Women in Mathematics. (Photo from 1974.) An obituary
> in The New York Times describes Lorch's civil rights work, beginning
> with his efforts on behalf of African Americans who had been denied
> access to housing in New York City. Later, Lorch and his wife Grace
> were among those protecting and supporting the "Little Rock Nine,"
> a group of African American students whose efforts to attend a
> segregated school in Little Rock, Arkansas, became emblematic of
> the civil rights struggle. Suspected of being a Communist, Lorch
> was brought before the infamous House Un-American Activities
> Committee, whose questions he refused to answer. After having been fired
> for political reasons from a succession of jobs, Lorch was finally
> blacklisted from colleges and universities in the U.S. in 1959. He and his
> family then moved to Canada, first to the University of Alberta and then to
> York University, where he taught from 1968 until his retirement in 1985.
> Lorch received the MAA's Yueh-Gin Gung and Dr. Charles Y. Hu Distinguished
> Service to Mathematics Award in 2007 and was a member of the initial class
> of AMS Fellows in 2012.
> Lee Lorch was a remarkable and inspiring teacher of mathematics who
> tirelessly brought before the mathematical community, through such venues
> as the AMS Council, matters related to human rights and discrimination. Yet
> for all his uncompromising toughness, Lorch had a soft heart: He was a
> kind, gentle, and soft-spoken person who, incidentally, really knew how to
> tell a joke. This man, who has been in some ways the conscience of the
> mathematical community in the U.S., will be greatly missed.
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