## News for 2019

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Our colleague Donald C. Benson died on May 2, 2019, at age 91. Born on June 6, 1927, in Los Angeles, he studied at UCLA and later Stanford, where he obtained his Ph.D. in 1954. After teaching at Princeton University and Carnegie Tech (now known as Carnegie Mellon University), he joined the UC Davis Department of Mathematics in 1957, retiring in 1983.

He was a dedicated teacher and a Math Aficionado. His taste for elegant mathematics and mathematical elegance led him to author several books, "A smoother pebble," "The Ballet of the Planets," and “The Moment of Truth.” In addition to mathematics, he enjoyed rock climbing, hiking, and playing the flute.