The Inaugural Margaret J. Kenney Presentation at ATMIM Spring Conference

Submitted By Joan Martin

Margaret J. Kenney

Margaret J. “Peg” Kenney

Mary M. Sullivan

Mary M. Sullivan

The esteemed legacy of Margaret (Peg) Kenney, who died of complications from leukemia on July 5, 2016, will be kept alive by honoring her each year at our ATMIM Spring Conference. Peg’s dedication to math education was genuine and deep, her influence phenomenal. She will be greatly missed in the mathematics education community, both locally and nationally, both professionally and personally.

A beloved mathematics professor at Boston College from 1959 to 2013, Peg was the assistant director to the famed Fr. Stanley Bezuszka, S.J. at the Mathematics Institute before becoming its director after Fr. B’s death. She was a gifted leader, author, and speaker. Peg was a past president of both ATMIM and ATMNE; she served on NCTM’s Board of Directors and several of their committees. Among her numerous publications, Number Treasury, co-authored with Fr. B, is a highly-valued resource volume.

While Peg’s command of mathematics and its teaching was extensive, Peg had a particular interest in number theory, discrete mathematics, and geometry. To honor Peg, members of the ATMIM board will annually select an exemplary Massachusetts teacher to give a content-rich presentation in one of these three areas of mathematics.

The ATMIM board is delighted that Mary M. Sullivan from Dedham, MA will be the inaugural Margaret J. Kenney Presenter at our 2017 ATMIM Spring Conference. Mary has been a frequent and popular speaker at mathematics conferences and is Professor Emerita of Mathematics and Secondary Education at Rhode Island College and past director of the RI STEM Center. Mary, a former faculty member at Curry College, was a student, colleague, and close friend of Peg. Mary will surely provide us with an enthusiastic presentation reminiscent of Peg’s engaging presence.


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