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Kerrith Chapman

Kerrith Butler "Kerry" Chapman PhD

Thursday, June 8th, 1950 - Sunday, May 19th, 2019
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Dr. Kerrith Butler Chapman passed away at his home in Potsdam on Sunday, May 19, 2019, after a long illness.
Kerry was born June 8, 1950, in Norwich, Connecticut. He was the son of the late Lyman L. and Dorothy H. (Lamphere) Chapman.

Kerry graduated from Assumption College in Worcester, Massachusetts, in 1972 with a B.S. in mathematics, summa cum laude. When he discovered that employment opportunities at the time were not especially promising for holders of only a bachelor’s degree, he enrolled in the graduate program at Kansas State University, starting in the fall of 1973.

In 1980, Kerry moved back East with his doctorate, two dogs, and a deep appreciation of the history and culture of Kansas. He began teaching pure and applied math at LeMoyne College in Syracuse, and taking classical guitar lessons.

Three years later, he left teaching temporarily to take a job as a mathematician at the Naval Undersea Research Lab in New London, Connecticut, where his expertise in harmonic analysis was put to good use. He also acquired an interest in RPGs, and in computer games.

Eventually, though, Kerry decided that he preferred teaching. He came to SUNY Potsdam in 1987, and remained there until 2013, when he retired due to poor health. He loved his students: he would beam with pride at their successes, chuckle at their foibles, and listen to them when they needed advice or a shoulder to cry on.

After he retired, Kerry was able to spend more time with his hobbies. He had always enjoyed movies and reading about the film industry, and was particularly interested in the film noir genre. He loved his pets; he was almost always in the company of a dog and a handful of cats.

Kerry married the former Alison Madden Miller in 1989. She survives him, as do a stepson, William E. Miller, a sister, and several cousins.

There will be no funeral, although there will be a memorial service for Kerry at a later date. Those who are so inclined could make a donation in his memory to the Potsdam Animal Shelter, the SUNY Potsdam Math Department, or Hospice and Palliative Care of Northern New York. Or just do a kindness in his memory.
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Posted at 05:30pm
I'm very sorry to read about your loss.It is very difficult to loss someone we dearly love. God's word always helped me personally when I lost some one I dearly love and I like to share with you the hope gives in the scriptures for seeing our loved ones again.
''And I have hope toward God, which hope these men also look forward to, that there is going to be a resurrection+ of both the righteous and the unrighteous-Acts 24:15''
“Your dead will live.My corpses will rise up.Awake and shout joyfully,You residents in the dust!For your dew is as the dew of the morning,And the earth will let those powerless in death come to life''-Isaiah 26:19
''He will swallow up death forever,And the Sovereign Lord Jehovah will wipe away the tears from all faces.The reproach of his people he will take away from all the earth,For Jehovah himself has spoken it''-Isaiah 25:8)
These are only few from many scriptures that provides us a great hope for the future.May these words from the bible gives you some comfort and peace in this difficult time.

Joel Foisy

Posted at 11:18am
Kerry—you were a good friend. You were always ready to share a conversation, or a ride home from work. You cared deeply about all of your varied interests: your family and neighbors, your students, mathematics, classic old movies, and of course your pets. You had a keen mind and you had a beautiful way of presenting mathematics—from your neat board work to the precise details you had stored in your mind, to the overarching story of the mathematics. My life has been enriched by knowing you, and for that I am grateful. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to Alison and the rest of the family.

Mark Tishberg

Posted at 09:22am
My dear friend Kerry, you will be missed by many whom have adored you. I always enjoyed spending time with you and Allison. May you finally find some comfort while you rest in peace. My sincere condolences go out to all of your family and friends. I will miss you brother, Mark Tishberg

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