Dr. Stephen Lipscomb, a former Fairmont State football standout and a renowned mathematician, has been named the 2007 Fairmont State University Letterwinner of Distinction.

Lipscomb will receive the honor on April 21 at the 45th annual Fairmont State Athletic Association (FSAA) Scholarship Banquet.

In an annual tradition that has endured since 1967, the FSAA bestows what is considered its greatest honor to a former Falcon athlete who has distinguished him or herself since wearing the Fairmont State uniform.

Lipscomb, who is originally from Belington, lettered in football at Fairmont State from 1961-64 for head coach Deacon Duvall. He was a first-team All-WVC defensive back in 1964, helping the Falcons to the league title. He was the team’s leading scorer in 1962. Lipscomb also lettered one year in track at Fairmont State.

Lipscomb earned his master’s degree in mathematics from West Virginia University in 1967, and received his doctorate from the University of Virginia in 1973.

He began his career as a high school math teacher while pursuing his graduate degrees. He then served as Senior Mathematician at the NavalSurface Warfare Center from 1967-83.

Lipscomb then moved to the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Va., where he was an associate and then full professor. He also spent nine years as a department chair at UMW.

During his tenure, he was a six-time Senior Fellow in the Navy-AmericanSociety for Engineering Education (ASEE) faculty research program. In 2003,he was named Professor Emeritus of Mathematics at UMW.

Some of Lipscomb’s career highlights include:

• Naval Surface Warfare Center Letter of Recognition for chairing Tiger Teamfor Tomahawk Missile System Operational Evaluation (1983)

• Solved nearly half-century-old mathematical problem in dimension theory... American Mathematical Society called the feat, “An outstanding contribution to dimension theory.” Article published in Transactions of the American Mathematical Society in 1975

• Created “Lipscomb’s Universal Space,” a topological space (topology is an extension of geometry). This space is recognized in the literature and by other mathematicians in the United States and Europe. He has published several articles on the so-called “Lipscomb Universal Space.”

• In the area of algebra known as “semigroups,” he introduced “path notation.” His 10 years of research in semigroups was published as a book (Vol. 46) in the prestigious American Mathematical Society “Surveys and Monographs Series.”

• In August 2005, he was awarded a US Patent titled “A web structure and method for making same.”

• Member of: American Mathematical Society, West Virginia University Chapter of the Pi Mu Epsilon Society (mathematics-majors student organization), and an honorary member of the University Mary Washington Pi Mu Epsilon Chapter (first honorary faculty member at UMW as voted on by students).

The 45th annual FSAA Scholarship Banquet will be held April 21 at 5:30 p.m. in the Falcon Center. Former All-America track athlete and comedian Rene Hicks will be the featured speaker. Tickets are $50 for adults and $25 for students, and can be purchased by calling (304) 367-4220.

Trending Video

Recommended for you