Neal McCoy Papers
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> Biographical Note | Biographical Note Neal Henry McCoy was born on March 6, 1905 in the Oklahoma Territory. He received his A.B. from Baylor University, then his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Iowa. He joined the Smith College mathematics department in 1931 after two years as a National Research Fellow in Mathematics at Princeton University. His son Paul was killed in a car accident in 1957 at the age of 22. While at Smith, McCoy spent time as a visiting professor at the University of Michigan, University of Wisconsin, and University of North Carolina, and taught at the National Science Foundation Institute for secondary school math teachers. He was known as a professor who loved to teach and focused on the students. He wrote six undergraduate textbooks including Introduction to Modern Algebra, which has been translated into many foreign languages. His other books include An Introduction to Mathematical Analysis, The Theory of Rings, and The Theory of Numbers. He was also active in the Northampton community. He served on the Board of Directors of the Northampton YMCA, and worked for United Way. His primary research interest was abstract algebra. McCoy was the first male member of the Smith mathematics department. He co-founded the Connecticut Valley Mathematics Colloquium in 1938. He edited the Duke Mathematical Journal from 1951-1954, and was a member of the American Mathematical Society, the Mathematical Association of America, and the Association of Teachers of Mathematics in New England. In 1963, he was appointed to the position of Gates Chair in Mathematics at Smith. Professor McCoy retired in 1970 and lived with his wife, Ardis Hollingsworth McCoy, in Northampton until his death on January 4, 2001 at the age of 95. |

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