on April 29, 2014 - 5:01 PM
June 26, 1947 – April 23, 2014
Thomas L. Schroeder, Ph.D., a University at Buffalo professor who was known for helping to develop professional standards for teaching math, died unexpectedly Wednesday in Gates Vascular Institute, Buffalo. He was 66.
Dr. Schroeder, an associate professor emeritus in the Graduate School of Education, helped produce “Professional Standards for Teaching Mathematics.” The guidelines were one set of three produced by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics between 1989 and 1995.
Dr. Schroeder, who lived in Williamsville and Amherst, grew up in Akron, Ohio, and graduated from Princeton University in 1969 before joining the Peace Corps. During his service, he taught math in Barbados and Dominica.
He went on to earn his Ph.D. from Indiana University and served on the faculty at the University of British Columbia in Calgary before joining the UB faculty in 1993, teaching courses in mathematics education and statistical analysis.
He retired in 2012 and recently moved to Port Colborne, Ont. He and his wife raised their two sons for 14 years in western Canada.
Dr. Schroeder was the author of many academic articles in peer-reviewed journals, and in 2007 co-authored two books on methods of critical thinking in texts for middle and high school students.
Outside of work, Dr. Schroeder was an avid cyclist, gourmet cook and sailor.
Survivors include his wife, the former Susan G. Gutheil, and two sons, Peter and David.
A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. May 10 in Calvary Episcopal Church, 20 Milton St., Williamsville.