Calvin Ahlbrandt was math professor, lifelong learner

Friday, May 4, 2012 | 1:43 p.m. CDT; updated 8:15 p.m. CDT, Saturday, May 5, 2012

COLUMBIA — Calvin Dale Ahlbrandt of Columbia died Wednesday, May 2, 2012,. He was 71. 

He was born Aug. 13, 1940, to Herman and Catherine (Ehrlich) Ahlbrandt in Scottsbluff, Neb. He was raised in Veteran, Wyo.

He graduated from Veteran High School in 1958 and received his bachelor of science degree in mathematics from the University of Wyoming in 1962. 

Mr. Ahlbrandt married his high school sweetheart, Evelyn Keller, on Dec. 31, 1961. The pair moved to Norman, Okla., where Mr. Ahlbrandt received his doctorate in mathematics from the University of Oklahoma in 1968. 

He spent his entire academic career as a mathematics professor and researcher at the University of Missouri, beginning in 1968 and retiring in 2001.

He was a lifelong learner and enjoyed sharing this passion with others. 

Mr. Ahlbrandt is survived by his wife of 50 years, Evelyn Ahlbrandt, of Columbia; three sons, Robert Ahlbrandt and his wife, Jayne, of Vernon Hills, Ill., William Ahlbrandt and his wife, Shannon, of Hot Springs, Ark., and Michael Ahlbrandt and his wife, Karen, of Arlington, Tenn.; two siblings, Helen Fry of Torrington, Wyo., and Roland Ahlbrandt of Riverton, Wyo; and grandchildren Thomas Ahlbrandt of Kansas City, Joseph Ahlbrandt of Columbia, Alexander and Adrian Ahlbrandt of Hot Springs, Ark., and Blake and Abbie Ahlbrandt of Arlington, Tenn..

Brothers, Woodrow Ahlbrandt and Arthur Ahlbrandt, died earlier.

A celebration of his life will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Donald W. Reynolds Alumni Center on the MU campus.

Memorial contributions can be sent to Friends of the Columbia Public Library, P.O. Box 1267, Columbia, MO 65205-1267 or to Central Missouri Humane Society, 616 Big Bear Blvd., Columbia, MO 65202. 

Condolences can be posted at

Like what you see here? Become a member.

Show Me the Errors (What's this?)

Report corrections or additions here. Leave comments below here.

You must be logged in to participate in the Show Me the Errors contest.