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2004 Newsletter
School of Mathematics
Number 11 University of Minnesota Newsletter Spring 2005
Retirements and Resignations



David Storvick

David Storvick retired at the end of the 2004 school year after a career of 47 years at the University of Minnesota. David received his Ph.D. in 1956 from the University of Michigan, and after a short time at Iowa State University moved to the University of Minnesota in 1957, achieving the rank of Full Professor in 1966. During his many years of service he was Associate Head of the School of Mathematics 1964-70, and he later served as Associate Dean of the Institute of Technology (1979-83) and Interim Associate Dean for Academic Affairs of IT (1993-94). He was also Interim Director of the Gray Freshwater Biological institute in the College of Biological Sciences 1989-90.

A dinner was held on April 29, 2004 honoring both David Storvick and Morty Harris, who was retiring at the same time (see issue 10 of this Newsletter). The dinner was held in the West Bank Bistro and over 60 people attended. We were entertained by several speakers, including Larry Markus and Jim Serrin, who reminisced about David’s long career and spoke on his mathematical contributions in analysis, dwelling particularly on his expertise with the Feynman integral. It was an extremely pleasant occasion, providing the opportunity to meet colleagues and acquaintances not just from the Mathematics Department but from other departments and from outside the University. As has become the custom for such occasions, Walter Littman served as master of ceremonies.

Leane Hewitt  



Leane Hewitt, the department’s Administrative Director, retired in December 2004 after 35 years of dedicated service. She joined the department in 1969 at a youthful age as a Secretary and held a number of key positions during her career. With her skill and judgment, as well as her thorough understanding of university procedures and her attention to detail, Leane became as close to indispensable as any single individual can ever be and set a standard of service that most of us can only aspire to. She will certainly be missed professionally.

We will also miss Leane’s old-fashioned friendliness and courtesy, of the kind often associated nowadays with another, less hurried era. She always had a friendly greeting for everyone she would run into in the hallways, and without doubt all members of the department view her as a very good friend. Leane's spouse, Jim Hewitt, received his Ph.D. in mathematics here in 1979 and teaches nearby at Inver Grove Heights Community College. She and Jim have shared a life-long passion for running and Leane finished many marathons over the years, clocking some enviable times.

This year’s Faculty Retreat dinner, December 1, 2004, in the Mississippi Room of Coffman Memorial Union also provided a suitable occasion to recognize Leane for her dedicated service. The Head of the School of Mathematics, Professor Gray, as well as a number of colleagues took the opportunity to express their appreciation.

Although the department presented Leane with a hardwood rocking chair bearing the University’s emblem, it would be naive to assume that she will use it much any day soon. Rather, we wish her and Jim many active years enjoying their varied interests, and, as runners might say, happy running, Leane!


We note the resignation of Assistant Professor Wojciech Chacholski. Woitek joined the School of Mathematics in 2002, coming from Yale University. He specialized in algebraic topology, specifically in the areas around homotopy theory and model categories. Both he and his wife Sandra Di Rocco have permanent positions in mathematics at the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm,Sweden. We note that during his short stay here, Chacholski played an active role in bringing very interesting visitors to our department.


This year saw considerable changes in our computer system staff. Our computer manager, Steve Winckelman, accepted the position of Program Director for the Law School's computer system's office. Steve joined the School of Math in the fall of 1995 and guided the continual expansion of our computer facilities since then.

The department Head Professor Gray commented as follows:”Steve is a very talented individual and was instrumental in building our system to what it is today. He will truly be missed and we wish him the best of luck in his new position.”

In addition to operating system, hardware and software issues, Steve’s expertise and ingenuity were often needed in a wide range of areas, including upgrading our network and building computer classroom labs in a cost-effective manner. We are fortunate that he was able to attract very talented staff to the School of Mathematics who will carry on the development of our computing system in the future.


The School of Mathematics has been fortunate to enjoy Paula Dostert’s creativity and dedication to provide quality service to students and faculty for 15 years. Often the first person of contact for questions and problems, Paula’s wealth of knowledge and insight has been very valued and much appreciated. She leaves a legacy of well organized records and systems that provides a lasting testament to her substantial abilities and contributions. Most of all, Paula will be remembered for her hunger for adventure and growth. Such stories as performing tango dances, working part time for an airline at the airport, traveling to London on a shoestring, taking a helicopter ride in the Badlands, driving down Pike’s Peak while wondering if brakes will hold, and attending and volunteering at personal growth conventions will be missed. March 25th was Paula’s last day on staff in the department. Paula is moving to San Diego to fulfill a life-long dream of living by the ocean. Warm wishes go with her and an awareness she will succeed in this newest adventure.

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