In Memoriam: Professor Sherman Chottiner
Sherman “Sherm” Chottiner, retired professor in the Department of Quantitative Methods at the Whitman School, died May 20, 2020, at the age of 81.
Chottiner attended college at Carnegie Tech, now Carnegie Mellon University, in 1961 with a major in chemical engineering. He also graduated from New York University (NYU) and earned a MBA with an award for the highest grades.
He continued his education in the NYU Ph.D. program with a Ford Foundation Fellowship, where his research focused on statistics, applied math and finance.
Beginning his career of 35 years at Whitman, Chottiner taught statistics and applied mathematics. He was known for his abilities in teaching and won an award as Teacher of the Year at University College at Syracuse University.
“Sherm loved teaching. He was a great ambassador of Whitman and Syracuse University,” says Peter Koveos, professor of finance, Kiebach Chair in International Business and director of the Kiebach Center for International Business. “He contributed a great deal to the school’s growth. As department chair, he attracted many excellent faculty to Syracuse and helped them with their professional development. We all appreciated his integrity, collegiality and friendship. He will be greatly missed.”
Chottiner was chairman of his department for eight years and helped develop an independent study MBA program. He wrote two textbooks: Calculus: Math Alive and Applied for Business, Economics and Life Mathematics: Alive and Applied for Business, Economics and Life, which intertwined humor with the subject matter.
A sports enthusiast — his favorite being volleyball — Chottiner also played baseball on his department team. He was an avid Syracuse University basketball fan and enjoyed football and lacrosse, as well.
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