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Shirley 0. Hockett.

Shirley 0. Hockett (Ithaca College chapter founding president), 93, counted all sorts of numbers. She earned a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Hunter College and a master's degree in applied mathematics from University of Michigan, then enlisted in the Navy in 1942, attended the Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service Officers Candidate School, and was stationed in Washington, D.C., until honorable discharge upon pregnancy with her first child. Hockett then taught at Cornell University part time for 20 years, alongside her husband, a professor of linguistics and anthropology. She joined the math department at Ithaca in 1966, rose to full professor in 1973, and became emerita in 1991. Her first book, Barron's AP Calculus (1971), is in its 12th edition (recent versions cowritten with David Bock). Hockett also wrote and coauthored several textbooks and was editor of the New York State Mathematics Teachers' Journal from 1969 to 1974. She won several teaching awards; surely one reason: learning every student's name on the first day of class. Hockett took up the clarinet, her composer husband's instrument, at age 57 and soon played with the Ithaca Concert Band with him. The spouses also were active with the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra; she served as board president from 1979 to 1984. The couple helped underwrite the 1999 James J. Whalen Center for Music at Ithaca; the Hockett Family Recital Hall and the Shirley and Chas Hockett Chamber Music Concert Series honor them. Chas Hockett died shortly after the inaugural Whalen Center concert, and the widow married for 58 years provided a permanent endowment for the series and established the annual Charles F. Hockett Music Scholarship for a composition major. Also preceded in death by her sister, Hockett passed away on Sept. 29, 2013. Survivors include her five children and their partners, five grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. Two of her children and a son-in-law are professional musicians.

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Title Annotation:IN MEMORIAM
Author:Szatmary, Peter
Publication:Phi Kappa Phi Forum
Article Type:In memoriam
Geographic Code:1U2NY
Date:Mar 22, 2014
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