William & Mary

Notice regarding Professor Leiba Rodman

Provost Michael R. Halleran sent the following message to the campus community March 4, 2015 - Ed.

Dear colleagues,

It is with deep sadness that I write to share the news that Professor Leiba Rodman, Professor of Mathematics, passed away on Monday, March 2.  Professor Rodman joined the College of William & Mary in 1987.  He had earned his Ph.D. from Tel-Aviv University and had previously served on the faculty at Tel-Aviv University and Arizona State University.

During his long productive research career, Professor Rodman made substantial contributions to a variety of mainstream mathematical subjects, among them, linear algebra and matrix theory, matrix and operator-valued functions, Krein-space operator theory, linear preserver problems, and, most recently, quaternionic linear algebra.  He published eight monographs and over 330 journal research papers.  His most recent book, ``Topics in Quaternion Linear Algebra" published by Princeton University Press in 2014, was written during his courageous battle with cancer.

Professor Rodman served the mathematics community as Editor-in-Chief of “Operators and Matrices" and as an Associate Editor of three other journals.  He had many research collaborators and was particularly helpful with guidance to young researchers at William & Mary and elsewhere.  A special issue of ``Linear Algebra and its Applications" dedicated to his 65th birthday will appear shortly.  At the College, Professor Rodman was one of the first recipients of the Plumeri award in 2009.  As a member of the Mathematics Department, Leiba was unfailingly generous with his time and his regard for his colleagues.

Professor Rodman was a devoted and effective teacher.  He taught a wide variety of courses from the standard curriculum and beyond, and directed dozens of honors projects and undergraduate research projects.

Survivors are Leiba's wife, Ella; two sons, Daniel and Benjamin; and two daughters, Ruth and Naomi.  A memorial service is scheduled for this Thursday, March 5 at 1:00 p.m. at Williamsburg Memorial Park, 130 King William Drive.  Our deepest sympathies go out to Professor Rodman’s family and friends.