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A retired colleague in the Department of Mathematics, Ralph Niemann, passed away on May 23, 2014.

Dr. Niemann served the CSU community for 33 years, from 1959 to 1992, as professor in our department. During that time, he directed several National Science Foundation summer programs for high school and community college teachers. He also taught in India for two summers and participated in a People to People trip to China and South Korea.

A memorial service was held on June 17, at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church in Fort Collins.

Ralph Niemann Obituary "(The Coloradoan)"

Ralph Henry Niemann was born March 16, 1922, near Farley, Mo., the son of Dorthea and Henry Niemann. He died on May 23, 2014, after a short stay at Columbine West Nursing Home.

Ralph spent his childhood in Farley, a small town of 96 people, where he attended a one-room parochial school. After high school he entered Park College, but his schooling was interrupted in 1943 when he was called to active duty in the Army Air Corps and sent to Ie Shima, near Okinawa. After the war he returned to Park College and graduated in 1947. That fall he entered Purdue University, where he met his future wife, Lois, when they were assigned to the same graduate student office. They were married the next year and in 1949 both received their master's degrees in mathematics.

The next year Ralph was recalled to active duty in the Korean War, serving two years in Alaska. In 1952 their first daughter was born in Anchorage. Ralph then returned to Purdue to complete his Ph.D., and a second daughter was born there in 1954. Shortly thereafter the family moved for Ralph's first teaching job at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts, where their son was born in 1956.

In 1959, the family moved to Fort Collins, embarking on a dream to live in the West. Ralph taught in the CSU math department for 33 years. During that time he directed several National Science Foundation summer programs for high school and community college teachers. He also taught in India for two summers and participated in a People to People trip to China and South Korea.

Ralph spent much of his free time at the family's ranch atop Buckhorn Mountain in Rist Canyon. He had become interested in breeding Red Angus cattle, which he affectionately referred to by their tag ID numbers. He was also active in the Colorado Tree Farmers' Association. After retirement, he and Lois moved to the ranch full time, to a home Lois had designed. They lived there until it burned in the High Park Fire in 2012. Lois died a few months later, shortly after the celebration of their 64th anniversary.

Ralph is survived by two daughters, Linda Dellmar of Ft. Collins and Sandy Niemann (David Socholitzky) of Berkeley, Calif.; a son, Stan (Sally) Niemann, also of Ft. Collins; and three grandchildren (Laurie, Darrell, and Sophie).

A memorial service was held at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran church, 1200 S. Taft Hill Road, at 10 a.m. on June 17th. Contributions, in lieu of flowers, can be made to Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church or to the Rist Canyon Volunteer Fire Department.

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