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Richard Anderson is the Newest Member of the Icosahedron Society

Richard Anderson is the Newest Member of the Icosahedron Society

Richard D. Anderson, 39th president and a 66 year member of the Mathematical Association of America, was inducted into the Icosahedron Society at the Silver and Gold Banquet during this year's MathFest. Twin brother, John, and sister, Dottie (also a twin) from Chattanooga, joined the attendees of the banquet in celebrating Anderson's generosity to the MAA.

Carl Cowen, Richard Anderson with sister Dottie Antman, twin brother John and sister-in-law, Norma.

Anderson received his undergraduate degree in 1941 from the University of Minnesota and then studied under R.L. Moore at the University of Texas. After serving four years in the U.S. Navy, he taught at the University of Pennsylvania for eight years, two of which were spent at the Institute of Advanced Study, where he met Einstein and the first three winners of the Abel Prize. Between 1956 and 1980, Dick was professor of mathematics at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, where he is now Boyd Professor Emeritus.

Carl Cowen and Richard Anderson

The Icosahedron Society was formed in 2000 to recognize individuals who have made significant contributions to the Association. Donations of this type are extraordinary and make it possible for the MAA to continue to promote its mission: to advance the mathematical sciences, especially at the collegiate level.

For further information about contributing to the MAA or about the Icosahedron Society, contact Lisa R. Kolbe, MAA Development Manager, at 202-293-1170 or by email at

News Date: 
Monday, October 23, 2006