Vale Ron Dunkley
Born Windsor 20 January 1931
Died Kitchener 19 February 2023
With great sadness, we must report on the passing of former WFNMC president Ronald Garth
Dunkley CM.
Ron was an important figure in the Canadian math competition scene, being one of the founders of
the District 10 Math Contest in 1962, the competition that grew to become the Canadian
Mathematics Competition, and to inspire many other similar competitions, like the Australian
Mathematics Competition and the Mathematical Kangaroo. For many years, he organized the
training of the Canadian team for the International Mathematical Olympiad, and served as Deputy
Leader of the Canadian team in 1986.
Together with Peter O'Halloran and Walter Mientka, he was the driving force behind the founding of
the WFNMC, and served as its president from 1996 to 2000. His tenure as president saw the
introduction of the WFNMC constitution, and he was responsible for organizing the first WFNMC
conference in Waterloo in 1990.
He was the recipient of several prestigious awards, such as the Descartes Medal in 1987, the WFNMC
Erdös Award in 1994 and the Adrien Pouliot Award in 1997. He was named a Member of the Order of
Canada (CM) in 1996, in honor of his work developing mathematics competitions in Canada.
He started his professional life as a high school teacher, moving on to the University of Waterloo in
1967, where he spent the greater part of his career. Among other duties, for a time he was Associate
Dean in the Faculty of Mathematics and Director of the Center for Education in Mathematics and
Computing.
His interests outside the world of mathematics were quite wideranging. He was active in sports for
much of his life, as well as the musical arts. Among other things, he played brass instruments with
various bands and spent some time as chair of the board of the KitchenerWaterloo Symphony
Orchestra.
Ron was well known for his sense of humor, and his presence at the WFNMC meetings always lent a
special sparkle to the proceedings. He will be sorely missed.
Robert Geretschläger
President WFNMC
Graz
24 February 2023
