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Samuel Kotz

Samuel Kotz, world-renowned statistician and scholar, passed away March 16.

Kotz was born in Harbin, China, on August 28, 1930. In 1949 he emigrated to Israel, where he attended Hebrew University in Jerusalem and earned his master’s with honors in mathematics in 1956. In 1960 he earned his PhD in mathematics from Cornell University.

He moved to Temple University, Philadelphia, in 1967 as professor of mathematics and then to the University of Maryland, College Park, in 1979 as professor in the College of Business and Management. He took early retirement and moved to George Washington University in 1997.
Kotz , who made numerous contributions in several areas of statistics, was the senior co-editor-in-chief of the 13-volume Encyclopedia of Statistical Sciences.

He was awarded membership in the Washington Academy of Sciences in 1998. In addition, he was a Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society, the ASA, and the Institute of Mathematical Statistics; and he was an elected member of the International Statistical Institute.

For more information on the life and work of Samuel Kotz, visit the Project Euclid web site and read “A conversation with Samuel Kotz,” by Saralees Nadarajah, in the journal Statistical Science

William Yancey

William Fredrick “Will” Yancey passed away February 11 at home in Dallas.

Yancey was born August 30, 1956, in Boston.

He earned a bachelor’s from Dartmouth College in 1978; a master’s of forestry from Duke University in1980; a bachelor’s of accounting from the University of Minnesota, Duluth, in 1983; a master’s of business taxation from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, in 1987; and a PhD in accounting from the University of Texas, Austin, in 1993.

He married Carol Gabriel on July 5, 1986. A former TCU professor, Yancey was self-employed in accounting, specializing in statistical sampling. He received many awards, including having his web site, listed as “Best of the Web” in its category by Forbes Magazine.

Yancey, an Eagle Scout, actively volunteered as an assistant scout leader, mentoring many boys as they strived for the Eagle Scout rank, including his son, Michael. He is survived by his wife, Carol; son, Michael; sister, Julie (Kevin); sister, Margaret (Gordon); and many nieces and nephews.

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