Professor Larry Chen remembered

Larry Lung-Kee Chen, a professor for 23 years in the OSU Department of Mathematics and award-winning teacher, died on Jan. 3.

Prof. Larry Chen

Prof. Larry Chen

Chen joined OSU in 1986 after receiving his doctorate from the University of Chicago. He was an active member of the analysis and probability research groups, an extremely popular teacher, and two-time winner of the College of Science Carter Award for teaching, at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Chen also received the 2005-06 Department of Mathematics graduate faculty award for excellence in teaching at the graduate level.

The family will hold a private memorial service.

4 Responses to “Professor Larry Chen remembered”

  1. Dann Cutter, HMSC says:

    This is a huge loss for us all. Having taken a number of his courses, I clearly remember his sense of humor, his excellent ability to bring the obscure to clarity, and his incredible love of the subject and his students – which was evident every day! Never did I see him not give 100%.

    He was ‘THE’ professor I recommended above all others, no matter the difficulty of the material. For the rest of my life, as I use the tools he taught me, I will remember his quirky smile as he explained the beauty of an equation.

    He will be greatly missed.

  2. B. Starr McMullen, AREC says:

    Larry Chen was an inspiration to all of us at OSU—students and faculty alike. His enthusiasm was contagious. Fond memories of Larry include listening to him explaining an obscure concept in real analysis using an example that somehow involved items on a Chinese food menu! He had an amazing ability to communicate complex concepts while showing that they were really “very,very,easy!”

    He will be greatly missed.

  3. Ed Waymire, OSU Mathematics says:

    I once asked Larry about his secret to such successful teaching. He told me something, but as I thought more about it and him, I realized that it was his unselfish nature to share himself with others who relied on him, in every aspect of university life — no problem. Those who knew Larry are left with happy memories to accompany a sad and untimely loss.

  4. Peter Jenson, Chemistry says:

    Professor Chen is a legend. He was the best professor I’ve had in my four years of undergrad education. Somehow, someway, in a way noone else can duplicate, he managed to make vector calculus hilarious and enjoyable. A man who can somehow manage to make numbers funny doesn’t come along often.

    RIP, Professor Chen.