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Charles L. Dolph
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Charles L. Dolph, Professor Emeritus of Mathematics at the University, died at the age of 75 on June 1, 1994, after a lengthy illness. He joined the Mathematics Department in 1947, after gaining his Ph.D. at Princeton University in 1944 and service in the U.S. Navy as a scientist. In the latter position he made important contributions to the problem of "Identify Friend or Foe." In 1957-1958 he was a Guggenheim Fellow and Guest Professor at the Technische Hochschule in Munich. In 1947 he received the J. Browder Thompson Award of the Institute for Electrical and Electronic Engineers. Throughout his career he maintained a very active program of research in applied mathematics and was a valued consultant for various corporations such as TRW and the Rand Corporation. His work covered a broad array of topics such as fluid flow, electrical networks, electromagnetism and dynamics.

Over most of his career at the University his office was in West Engineering Building, where he was member of a congenial group of colleagues who shared his interest in applied mathematics. He was an important contributor to the lively discussions of this group on research problems and many aspects of the instructional program.

Charles Dolph was born in Ann Arbor and showed his devotion to the city when in 1982 he and his family donated the 40 acre Dolph Nature Park to the City of Ann Arbor.

Besides his wife, Brita, he is survived by his son, Lawrence R. Dolph, daughter-in-law Lynn M. Nybell, and two grandchildren.

Wilfred Kaplan
Emeritus Professor of Mathematics