August 1, 2005

Obit

Here is the obit form the Boston Globe that Patti already mentioned earlier.

I think they got the shoes thing wrong. He often wore day-glo colored t-shirts and shorts. One shirt in particular was blaze orange. There was also this brown vest that he wore which was distinctly him.

For those interested, I will post here the message that went out over UMD Announce, which has details about the wake. Our Chancellor Jean MacCormack has been wonderful during this trying time.

Dear University Community:

On Saturday, the UMass Dartmouth community lost Professor James Kaput, our colleague and friend, in a tragic accident. According to police, Jim was struck by a pick-up truck while jogging near his home on Chase Road in Dartmouth. Our thoughts are with his wife, Susan, and his three children.

Jim was a mentor and friend to his faculty colleagues, an inspiration to his students, a devoted husband and father, and a public servant in the best sense of the word. Jim’s passing leaves us all with a deep personal void and challenges us all to keep alive his important work of making mathematics more accessible to people, especially young people.

We take solace in the truth that Jim’s work has opened new educational doors for thousands of people around the world. Through the students and teachers already touched by Jim’s ideas, his work will continue to spread intellectual opportunity. We also know that Jim’s colleagues in the Mathematics Department will carry on his noble mission with exemplary passion and persistence.

Funeral arrangements are being handled by the Waring-Sullivan Home of Memorial Tribute at Dartmouth, 230 Russells Mills Road, Dartmouth. Visiting hours are Wednesday, August 3, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. A private family service will be held Thursday in Shutesbury, Massachusetts.

Tragedies such as this create difficult challenges for friends, colleagues, and students. Our University Counseling Center staff is available to help friends, colleagues, and students deal with the difficult challenges such tragedies present. The Center, located in the Auditorium Annex above the Admissions Office, is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and can be reached by calling 508-999-8650.

Most sincerely,

Jean F. MacCormack
Chancellor

Posted by James at August 1, 2005 11:20 PM
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