Gordon Edward Bennett

1932 – 2014

Gordon Edward Bennett


On May 20, in Las Vegas, NV, the divine angels called our beloved brother and father home.

He was born Feb. 16, 1932, in Hiram, OH, to Gerald and Mildred (Leach) Bennett. He graduated with a BA in Math from Hiram College in 1956 and a Master’s in Mathematic from Bowling Green State University in 1963.

He was a gifted mathematician, teacher, artist and adventurer. He loved the West and spent many happy years in Dillon, where he taught math at Western Montana College from 1964 to 1979. During those years, he was especially proud of two publications—one for which he received the George Polya Award in 1977, and Multiple Triangle Inequalities was published in a Yugoslavian Math Journal in 1977. He moved to Southern California, where he continued to teach at the high school and college levels and pursue his interest in art. In 1991, he began teaching math at Key West Community College in FL. In 1995, he was awarded Outstanding Teacher of the Year.

After retirement, he enjoyed traveling and visiting family across the U.S. before finally settling in Las Vegas, where he found deep contentment living simply. His mind was sharp, he was witty, and he laughed easily. He died doing what he loved with his dignity, independence and freedom.

He leaves to cherish his memory: his devoted children Carlene Elizabeth (Marvin) Johnson, of Nashville, TN, and Robert (Kirsten) Bennett, of Aurora, OR; grandchildren Marvin III (Trey) and Anna Johnson, and Aissa and Maya Bennett; sisters Jacqueline (Bryson) Swanda, of Hiram, OH, and Norma (James) Sargent, of Mantua, OH; and many friends. 

A memorial service will be held June 28 in Elk Horn.

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