In Memoriam: Philip C. Curtis Jr.

Philip C. Curtis Jr.
March 6, 1928 - December 19, 2016

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Philip C. Curtis Jr. on December 19, 2016. Phil was a UCLA Mathematics professor for over 50 years and produced pioneering and internationally recognized work in the Banach Algebras. He was appointed as Chair of the UCLA Mathematics Department two times and was a leading advocate for high quality K-12 mathematics instruction. He founded the statewide UC/CSU California Mathematics Diagnostic Testing Project, the UCLA Visiting High School Teacher Program, and the UCLA Joint Mathematics Education Program. He was instrumental in the development of the UCLA Mathematics Project, the UCLA Math Content Program for Teachers, and a program which prepared K-12 students for competitive mathematics exams. In 2007, the UCLA Mathematics Department established The UCLA Philip C. Curtis Jr. Center for Mathematics and Teaching in his honor.

A memorial gathering and celebration of Phil’s life will be held Saturday, January 14, 2017, 2pm, at the UCLA Faculty Center, California Room. Please RSVP to Nicole Strosaker at