College mourns passing of emeritus professor Edwin Gillette

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Edwin F. Gillette, professor of mathematics emeritus, who taught at Union full-time for 27 years, died on March 4, 2016 at the age of 99.

Prof. Gillette, who retired in 1981, taught as an adjunct professor until 1997.

Born and raised in Branford, Conn., he graduated from Hamilton College and earned a master’s and a Ph.D. in mathematics from Syracuse University. He taught a total of 45 years on the faculties of Middlebury College, Williams College, Syracuse University and Union.

At Union , he directed the summer in-service Institute for high school teachers, a program of the College and the National Science Foundation. He served as acting department chair in 1973-74.

He enjoyed his family and playing golf and tennis.

His late wife, Barbara Kitson Gillette, was a pianist, organist and teacher. The couple, who met at Middlebury College, were married for 69 years when she died in 2011. They were long-standing members of Saint George’s Episcopal Church in Schenectady.

He is survived by two sons, Stephen of Simi Valley, Calif., and Michael of Tenafly, N.J.; four grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be Saturday, March 12, 2016, at 1 p.m. at Jones Funeral Home, 1503 Union Street (at McClellan St.) in Schenectady.

Memorial contributions may be made to Ellis Hospital, 1101 Nott St., Schenectady, New York 12308.