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Helping students to understand difficult mathematical equations and computer concepts provided William L. Grimes both joy and challenges during his past 38 years of service to Central. He has retired as professor emeritus of mathematics.
Mr. Grimes devoted his entire teaching career to educating students at his alma mater. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Education degree here as well as a Master of Arts in mathematics. He pursued additional graduate study at the University of Texas, Austin, and attended National Science Foundation Summer Institutes at the University of California- Los Angeles, New Mexico State University, and the University of North Dakota.
Mr. Grimes joined the faculty in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science in 1961. In that capacity, he not only spent a great deal of time in the classroom, but he also served on several committees dealing with scholarships, computer services, budget and curriculum.
He recognized the value of incorporating new technology into the teaching of mathematics, and was responsible for initiating graphing calculator technology into the department’s curriculum. As co-founder of the annual Mathematics Awareness Week, he also found a way to share his love for mathematics with people on and off campus.
Proud grandparents, he and his wife, Wanda, have on daughter, Janalee Byers, and a son, Bryant Grimes.