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Richard J. Umiker

Posted: August 10, 2006

Recipient of the A. Watson Armour III Mathematics Chair
Established by Mr. and Mrs. A. Watson Armour III

Mathematics is a wonderful playground of patterns and puzzles, where new language is created and extended to serve in communication of logical reasoning. It is appealing and accessible at an elementary level and yet holds extraordinary complexity within its simplicity. Mathematics provides me opportunities to observe and guide young minds as they engage in exploration and discovery within a world of appealing internal consistency. While at St. Mark’s, I participate as broadly as I can as a teacher and athlete, in my faith, and as a learner. I appreciate mathematics as my primary tool for sharpening my own mind and for teaching my students how to think.