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May 12, 1924 - November 26, 2017 OKLAHOMA CITY Greider, Roger Ellis, PhD died peacefully at his home Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017, surrounded by his family.Roger was an avid writer and to honor his memory, his family would like to include the following short autobiography written at age 92." Roger E. Greider (Short Autobiography) Born in Topeka, KS May 12, 1924. At age 3 moved to Tulsa, OK. Graduated Will Roger's High School and Studied Music and Mathematic at Tulsa University for one year. The Army then gave me and hundreds of other young men a half year of Infantry Training at Camp Maxie, TX; then to Texas A&I for four college semesters of Army Specialized Engineering Training courses; it was then that the Army decided they didn't need any more engineers, but were in need of front line infantrymen. So the ASTP (Army Specialized Training Program) was discontinued and we were all sent to form new infantry divisions. I then trained and went with the 103rd Infantry Division and survived the war on the front lines of Europe from Marseilles, France through the Brenner Pass in Italy. Then to Barwise, Switzerland where I trained with the 5th Infantry Division and was on the way to the Pacific when the war ended there in 1945. Back home, as a civilian, I worked for Jersey Production Research Company in Tulsa, attended Tulsa University receiving a BA in Music and a BS and MS in Mathematics and directed a church choir. I attended The University of Tennessee to study math and while there I played first desk second violin in the Knoxville Symphony. I then went to Purdue University to study mathematics, and had a church choir, a Sweet Adelines Choir, sang in a barber shop quartet and played in the symphony. Then I took a job teaching mathematics at The State University of New York, at Oneonta. After a few years I was offered Head of the Math Dept. if I would get my Ph.D. So I went to The University of Oklahoma in Norman to study more math. I received a MA in Mathematics and Ph.D. in Math Education. During that time I met and married my wife, Judy who was in the middle of her degree. So I sent a letter to the head of the Mathematics Dept. at The State University of New York resigning my position and stayed in Oklahoma. I have taught at OU, OCU, UCO and Rose State Community College. I retired at the age of 80. I've will have been retired 12 years now this May."Roger followed in his father's footsteps by obtaining his private pilot's license. He owned and operated many single engine planes and enjoyed spending time in the air commuting to college and with his family on vacations. He accomplished so much in his full and active life. Roger had a wonderful sense of humor and believed a person could obtain true happiness by working hard and living a good life. Roger was preceded in death by his parents, Ernest and Genia Greider; sister, Donna Nance, and granddaughter, Julie Greider. He left a legacy to continue on. Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Judy of the home; children, Dean Greider and wife, Sheree of Noble, OK, Dan Greider and wife, Debbie of Coats, NC, Janice Wilkinson and husband, Sam of Edmond, OK, Jack Carroll and wife, Angela of OKC; nephew, Steve Nance of Tulsa, OK, niece, Katy Pat Rees and husband, David of Sacramento, CA; brother-in-law, Jerry Kreplin and wife, Betty of Enid, OK; 6 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren and numerous other loving family and close friends.Memorial services will be held 11:00 am, Friday December 1, 2017 at Chapel Hill United Methodist Church in the west end Chapel, 2717 W. Hefner Rd., OKC. Memorial donations may be made to .
Published in The Oklahoman on Nov. 30, 2017
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