Title: Mathematician, Educator
Company: Texas A&M University-Kingsville
Location: Kingsville, Texas, United States
David R. Cecil, Mathematician and Educator at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in higher education.
Dr. Cecil was originally a chemical engineering major and remained as such until he was a mid-semester sophomore. He realized how much he loved math and knew he wanted to pursue the field further, which led to Dr. Cecil’s interest in geology, chemistry and subsequently mathematics. He earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Tulsa in 1958, was a postgraduate fellow at Tulane University from 1958 to 1959, earned a Master of Science from Oklahoma State University in 1960 and a Doctor of Philosophy from Oklahoma State University in 1962. Dr. Cecil is grateful for Walter E. Stuermann, PhD, a philosophy professor at Tulsa University who he taught logic which is a part of mathematics. Dr. Cecil wrote his undergraduate paper under Dr. Stuermann, who was also an ordained minister and married David and his bride Betty in 1958, two years after they met in the marching band at the University of Tulsa.
Retired in 2006, Dr. Cecil has held the title of professor emeritus with Texas A&M University-Kingsville since. He began his time at the school as a professor of mathematics in 1970 and remained in this role until his retirement. During this time, Dr. Cecil concurrently served as the chairman of the mathematics department from 1980 to 198, assistant dean of the college of arts and sciences from 2000 to 2004, and was president of the Texas Academy of Science from 2001 to 2002. Prior to his time with the Texas A&M University-Kingsville, Dr. Cecil worked as a professor of mathematics at Butler University from 1969 to 1970, an assistant professor then then associate professor of mathematics at North Texas State University from 1962 to 1969, a senior research mathematician for Atlantic Refining Co. in 1962 and a graduate teaching assistant at Oklahoma State University from 1959 to 1962.
In addition to his main pursuits, Dr. Cecil has served as a consultant for the Education Service Center Region II from 1979 to 1980 for the Air Force Office of Science Research at the Wilford Hall Medical Center in Texas from 1988 to 1990. He founded the Kingsville Computer Club in 1980, has been a member of the credit committee of the Kingsville Area Educators Federal Credit Union from 1979 to 2006 and served on the organization’s board of directors from 2006 to 2015. Furthermore, Dr. Cecil wrote the books “Debugging BASIC Programs” in 1984, the Spanish translation “Depuracion de Programas en BASIC” in 1989, “Probability” with Stan Albert in 1993 and contributed articles to mathematics journals. As a testament to his success, Dr. Cecil has been featured in numerous editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Education, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, Who’s Who in the South and Southwest and Who’s Who in the World.
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