Academic journal article Research & Teaching in Developmental Education

A Brief Remembrance of Theodore J. "Ted" Szymanski

Academic journal article Research & Teaching in Developmental Education

A Brief Remembrance of Theodore J. "Ted" Szymanski

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Ted Szymanski passed away on August 21, 2010 after a 28-year battle with congestive heart failure. He is survived by his wife Mary, son Sean, daughter Keri, daughter-in-law Christy, and two grandchildren, Zoë and Jack.

Ted was Professor of Mathematics, Program Chairman of the General Studies Program, and Co-Chair of the Development Education Program at Tompkins Cortland Community College (TC3). He began as an adjunct instructor in 1985 and became a full-time faculty member in 1988. Ted's formal accomplishments while at TC3 included receiving two SUNY Chancellor's Awards: one for Excellence in Teaching and a second for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities. He was also the recipient of an award from NYCLSA for his service to Developmental Education.

As all who knew him were well aware, Ted had a great passion and gift for teaching developmental mathematics. He used his talents to write specialized workbooks for basic math and beginning algebra. Ted also shared his vast knowledge by mentoring countless new adjunct and full-time developmental mathematics faculty members at TC3.

Ted was well known to many of his fellow NYCLSA members, having served in various capacities for twenty-five years. He was best known for his many creative and thought-provoking Symposium presentations over the years. Ted was also a long-standing member of the RTDE editorial board, often contributing to both the journal and the newsletter. …

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