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John Montgomery, 69, suffered a stroke and died on December 4, 2013. John was the husband of Karen Montgomery (née von Boeselager) for 48 years. He leaves his three children, Kate, John Andrew, and Anne; five grandchildren, Kobi, Aidan, Kaylie, Sadie, and Benjamin; five brothers, Bill, Paul, Chalkie (late), Robert, and Jim; nieces, nephews, sisters-in-law, sons-in-law and friends who loved him dearly. A memorial service for family, friends, and colleagues will be held in Swan Hall Auditorium at University of Rhode Island on Saturday, December 14th at 2 pm. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made in John’s name to The Mike Morissette Memorial Foundation, PO Box 272 Wakefield, RI 02880. If you have any memories of John that you would like to share with the family, please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
John was born in 1944 in Cincinnati, Ohio. He received a BS in Mathematics from Notre Dame in 1966, his PhD in Mathematics at the University of Wisconsin in 1971, and then spent two years as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Colorado. He took a faculty position at URI in 1973. In addition to being Professor of Mathematics, he served as Department Chair from 1986 to 1996 and Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences from 1996 to 2000. In his forty-year tenure at URI, Dr. Montgomery made a deep impact on students and colleagues.
John loved to play. He loved the strategy, the competition, and the camaraderie. Beginning with backyard games with five brothers, to high school chess championships, to cutthroat croquet, to his “highest priority” lunchtime basketball, he loved the intricacies of the games. He took wicked delight in exploiting loopholes in the rules. He shared this with his children when he coached them through their soccer, basketball, and tennis days. He made up games. He made up puzzles. He shared them with his beloved grandchildren who will miss their Bapa so much. Mostly he wanted everyone to have a good time.