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Ronald George Douglas

December 10, 1938 ~ February 27, 2018 (age 79)
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Dr. Ronald G. Douglas

December 10, 1938 – February 27, 2018


Ronald Douglas, 79, of College Station, longtime mathematician and former Provost of Texas A&M, passed on February 27, 2018.  To honor Ron’s life, his family has planned a visitation from 5 – 7 pm on Friday, March 2, at Hillier Funeral Home in Bryan, Texas.  Pastor Ted Foote will officiate the funeral service at First Presbyterian Church of Bryan at 2:30 pm on Saturday, March 3.


Ronald Douglas was born on December 10, 1938, to Mary Ellen Knapp Douglas and George Joseph Douglas in Osgood, Indiana.  He graduated from Hughes High School in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1956. He received his Bachelors of Arts from the Illinois Institute of Technology in 1960, and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Mathematics from Louisiana State University in 1962.


Ronald Douglas’ academic career was prodigious and long-lasting. He was a professor at the University of Michigan until 1969. He became a professor and then Vice Provost at the State University of New York at Stony Brook until 1996. He then moved to College Station to become the Provost and Executive Vice President of Texas A&M University, ending as a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Mathematics.


Ron was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church of Bryan, and earlier the First Presbyterian Church of Setauket. He traveled widely and had students around the world. He leaves behind his beloved Bunny, his wife of 34 years; children Michael, Kevin, Kristin, Kim, and Tana; beloved sister Marilyn and nephews Steve and Tim; and grandchildren Adrian, Alec, Laura, Saba, and Nicolas.


As an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be sent to American Parkinson Disease Association at


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