Preface

This history of the Allegheny Mountain Section was prepared in anticipation of the celebration of the Centennial of the Mathematical Association of America in 2015.  I thoroughly enjoyed working on it during the summer of 2014, and I learned many new things about the history of our great Section.  I am fortunate to be the Section Historian during this exciting time for the MAA.

 

When I became Historian in 2012, I received two large three-ring binders from George Bradley, the previous Historian.  Two things in the binders proved to be especially important in my work on this history: a set of old Section Newsletters, and lists of officers and section meetings prepared in 1994 by the late Albert A. Rabenstein.  I certainly could not have done such a thorough job with this history in such a short time without Rabenstein’s work from twenty years ago, and I am very grateful to him for this assistance.  Fortunately, he also left his computer files (prepared in WordPerfect 5.0) on a 3.5 inch floppy disk that I was able to read!

 

As you will see, my focus in this history was on the early years of the Section and the activities of the last twenty years or so.  I do not have much access to information about the “middle” years of our Section at this time.  Perhaps an expansion of this history to cover those years could be a future project.

 

Again, I learned many new things about the Section while doing this work.  I have long thought that the people who make up the MAA are the best thing about the Association, so I especially enjoyed learning about all those people who have been involved in our Section throughout the past eighty-one years.  They have fascinating stories, and I am grateful to them for their efforts.

 

John Bukowski

August 2014

 

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