BY REED SHELTON
Salisbury University is lamenting the loss of Professor Homer Austin, a 30 year professor of mathematics at SU, who died Friday, March 6 at the age of 70.
Austin joined the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at SU in 1983 after
earning tenure at James Madison University, and was known among his colleagues for his passion, good nature and excellence as an instructor.
“Dr. Homer Austin was a wonderful, kind man. He made mathematics accessible to thousands of students over the years,” said Janet-Dudley Eshbach, president of SU. “Students were fond of him, and he was a role model for other Salisbury University faculty.”
He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Linda B. Austin, his children Hollie Austin and Jathan Austin, an associate professor of mathematics education, teacher education and number theory at SU, and his brothers Vaughn Austin, Boyce Austin, Calvin Austin and Joe Austin.
Austin, who earned his Ph.D. at the University of Virginia in an interdisciplinary program combining applied mathematics, statistics, computer science, and mathematics education, was a widely-published expert in his field, with his work appearing 27 times in various mathematics and education-based journals.
While teaching at SU, he was awarded the Distinguished Faculty award in 2003, the John Smith Award for Distinguished College/University Teaching in 2004 and the Alumni Faculty Award for Henson School of Science and Technology in 2010.
His memorial service was held March 10 at Holloway Funeral Home on Snow Hill Road in Salisbury. A funeral service will be held on Friday, March 13 at 11 a.m. at Harrison Funeral Home in Lexington, Virginia.