Richard A. Bloxam G’71

Richard A. Bloxam G’71 died July 28, 2014, at his home in Bath, 23 days after the death of his wife, Frannie. He was born in Chicago, on November 3, 1934. He rose above his hardscrabble childhood in southern Illinois to become a notable mathematics educator at the high school and college level, earning a B.S at Illinois State University in 1960, an M.S. Ed. at Northern Illinois University in 1965, and an M.A. in mathematics at Bowdoin. For 30 years, he taught mathematics at Glenbard West High School in Glen Ellyn, Ill., and was department chair for the last five years of his tenure. His love of teaching led him to adjunct positions at the College of DuPage, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and the Brunswick Campus of New Hampshire College. Even after retiring to Maine in 1989, he continued to tutor students in probability and statistics, a favorite of his. He enlisted in the Army in 1955, became a sergeant in the guided missile artillery division, and was deployed to Vicenza, Italy. As a licensed Coast Guard Merchant Marine Officer he captained the Angus & Fiona on sightseeing cruises of the Kennebec River and Casco Bay. He was a passionate tinkerer, who once shot a seized-up outboard engine block, either in retaliation or because he really thought it might fix the thing. He is survived by daughters Jenny Bloxam, Peggy Hodges, Paula O’Halloran and Amy Totten; son Mike Bloxam, and six grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife of 58 years, Frances Ronnelle Beyer Bloxam.

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