ORONO - Dr. H. Margaret (Elliott) Larsen, 89, died April 16, 2015. She was born August 16, 1925, in Galveston, TX, the daughter of Dr. Monroe L. and Helen (Marrs) Elliott.
Dr. Larsen received her B.A. from Rice University in 1945, her M.A. from the University of California at Berkeley in 1946, and her Ph.D. from Harvard in 1948. After postdoctoral work at Harvard as an A.A.U.W. fellow, she served at Washington University in St. Louis as Instructor in Mathematics, 1949-51; Assistant Professor of Mathematics, 1951-55; and Associate Professor of Mathematics, 1955-65. In 1965, she was appointed Professor of Mathematics at the College of William and Mary. From 1968-92, she was Professor of Mathematics at the University of Bridgeport in CT, serving as chairperson of the Mathematics Department, 1969-73. In 1992, Dr. Larsen relocated to Orono, where she taught in the Mathematics Department at the University of Maine from 1992 to 1995. At various times during her career she held a variety of research fellowships. She had extensive experience teaching by television on both educational and commercial stations. Dr. Larsen was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Xi, Pi Delta Phi, Pi Mu Epsilon honor societies and of the American Mathematical Society, the Mathematical Association of America, and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. She served on the Board of Christian Concerns, United Congregational Church, Bridgeport, CT, 1980-83; and on the Board of Trustees, First Congregational Church, Stratford, CT, 1987-88. At the time of her death, she was a member of All Souls Congregational Church and an affiliate member of the First Congregational Church of Ellsworth.
She was predeceased by her husband, Dr. Karl D. Larsen; her sister, Jane Elliott; and her brother, Monroe L. Elliott Jr.
Graveside services will be held 11 a.m. Friday, April 24, at Mount Hope Cemetery, Bangor. Relatives and friends are invited to meet at the Superintendents Lodge, State Street Entrance, Bangor, at 10:45 AM. Those who wish to remember Dr. Larsen in a special way may make gifts in her memory to All Souls Congregational Church, 10 Broadway, Bangor, ME 04401. A service of Brookings-Smith, Orono Chapel.