Robert Leroy Page, Ph.D., 82, Professor Emeritus of Mathematics at the University of Maine at Augusta, died June 19, 2013 of a massive cerebral hemorrhage.
He was born March 20, 1931 at his parents home in Belgrade, ME. His father was Oral D. Page, Sr. and his mother Emma Goff Page, both deceased. Also deceased are a brother, Oral D. Page, Jr., and an uncle, Roscoe A. Page. He is survived by his wife, Melda W. Page; a son, Andrew M. Page of Washington, DC; and a sister, Joyce Whitney, of Granite Hill Estates in Hallowell, ME. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.
Dr. Page attended Belgrade schools and was valedictorian of his high school class. He then attended Tufts University in Medford, MA on an NROTC scholarship and was graduated from there in 1953 as a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He was a member of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity. He served on active duty in the Navy on an anti-submarine aircraft carrier, the USS Valley Forge, from 1953 to 1956. While teaching mathematics and physical science at the high school level, he did graduate work at the University of Maine at Orono and received a Master degree in mathematics in 1959. He did further graduate work in mathematics at Boston University with a National Science Foundation Faculty Fellowship and completed his PhD degree in mathematics education at Florida State University in 1970. In intervals between graduate studies, he taught at Nasson College in Springvale, ME, and Bates College in Lewiston, ME.
Dr. Page joined the faculty of the University of Maine in Augusta in 1969, where he remained for 31 years, retiring in September 2000. He served as the first chairperson of the Division of Mathematics and Science and the Department of Mathematics. He published numerous articles in mathematics journals, one of which won an award from the Educational Press Association in the feature story category and was later made into a slide program by the Canadian Board of Education for use by students in Canada. In his last year of teaching, he developed an exhibit, based on various topics from mathematics, called The Art of Mathematics, which was hung in the Danforth Art Gallery at UMA and later was given to the Maine School for Science and Mathematics. He was an excellent and talented teacher, and always sought to make mathematics relevant and comprehensible to his students.
In the area of community service, Dr. Page served on the Belgrade Cub Scout and Boy Scout committees, served as a judge in the Math Counts Competitions for about ten years, was a member of the Belgrade Planning Board from 1974 to 1979, and donated time to consult with various state entities including the Attorney General Office, the Maine Department of Transportation, and the Maine State Police. Dr. Page also gave classes or lectures at seven different Maine high schools, served as a judge in various science fairs, and was a member and officer of the Maine Gladiolus Society.
He was a very creative person, and was talented at designing, building, and creating objects from small models to buildings and houses. He read extensively and enjoyed photography. After retirement, he became an artist and painted a number of works which were exhibited at Granite Hill Estates.
There will be no services. Wheeler Funeral Home. (www.wheelerfh.com) arranged for cremation at Gracelawn Memorial Park, Auburn, ME. If desired, donations in his name may be made to the Office of University Advancement, University of Maine at Augusta, 46 University Drive, Augusta, ME 04330. The Page family wishes to thank the staff at MaineGeneral Medical Center and Laura Caron, MD, Manchester Family Health, for their sensitive and attentive care during Dr. Page’s final days.