Bert Kerr Waits

December 21, 1940July 27, 2014

Bert Kerr Waits II (AKA Hank Waits) age 73, born December 21 1940, died July 27, 2014 at Florida Hospital East in Orlando, Florida. Burial will be at the Mifflin Cemetery in Gahanna, Ohio. Dr. Waits was a Professor Emeritus from The Ohio State University where he taught in the Mathematics Department from 1961 to 1991. He also was a retired consultant for Texas Instruments, Education Technology Division, and a mathematics textbook author for Addison Wesley, Prentice Hall, and Holt McDougal. Dr. Waits received a BS, MS, and Ph.D. all from The Ohio State University in 1962, 1964, and 1969. He was the co-founder of Teachers Teaching with Technology program ( He served on the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Board of Directors, was a member of the Advanced Placement Calculus Committee, co-author of the original NCTM 1989 Standards for Curriculum and Evaluation of School Mathematics, and author or co-author of over seventy articles in national and international mathematics and mathematics education journals. He gave over 200 invited lectures worldwide from 1988 to 2006. “The power of visualization” was his mantra and he directly or indirectly touched the lives of tens of thousands of students, teachers and colleagues worldwide. He also was a genealogical and historical researcher and authored several articles for the Ohio Genealogical Society. He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter Jones Waits and Ruth Virginia Thurman. He is survived by his wife of many years, Barbara Jean Finley, only sibling, Walter Nicholas Waits (Claudia) of Lehighton Pa.; sons David O’Brien Waits (Ursula) of Dublin, Ohio; and Jeffrey Thurman Waits (Janette) of Hilliard, Ohio; daughters Sherri Lynn Bartow of Corning, Ohio; Brigitte Amber Betosky (Jeff) of North Augusta, South Carolina; Brittany Renee Bartow-Skeens of Massillon, Ohio. Grandchildren, Michael O’Brien Waits, Marisa Anne Waits Jayson Blaies, Justin Blaies, Joey Shively, Darian Betosky, Jeffrey Betosky II, Robert Betosky, Samantha Skeens, Natalie Skeens, Stephen Skeens, Jr., Hunter Skeens, Stephanie Skeens, and Ashley Skeens. There will be a gathering to celebrate his life on August 16 from 12-4 at the Notting Hill Condominium Club House 1311 Villa Prima Way, Lake Mary, Florida 32746. Those wishing to attend the Florida gathering should RSVP Marisa Waits at A second gathering of friends will be on Sunday, September 28, 2014 at The Ohio State University Faculty Club, 181 Oval Drive South, Columbus, Ohio 43210. Time to be determined at a later date. Those wishing to attend the Columbus memorial should RSVP Ed Laughbaum at In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Bert Waits’ memory to: The Mathematics Education Trust (MET) of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), 1906 Association Drive, Reston, VA 20191-1502. Please designate your contribution to the Texas Instruments Demana-Waits Fund which supports the Prospective 7-12 Secondary Teacher Course Work Scholarships. MET channels the generosity of contributors through the creation and funding of grants, awards, honors, and other projects that support the improvement of mathematics teaching and learning. For more information, please visit


  • Gathering Celebration

    Saturday, August 16, 2014


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Harry & Neil

September 16, 2014

Neil and I are gutted to hear about Bert. He really did change are teaching of mathematics for the good.

August 25, 2014

So sorry for your loss; 2 Corinthians 3,4 The Nash Family

August 24, 2014

Sorry for your loss

Norman Webb

August 15, 2014

Bert's energy was catching. After living with him in the same suite while writing the standards, for years afterwards we referred to each other as "roomies." What a great spirit he was and so fun to be with.

August 9, 2014

Ahora descansa en paz, y nuestras plegarias se eleven al cielo, con la esperanza que hoy está en una dimensión donde podrá cuidar de sus seres queridos, y segura disfrutando de su pasión, la enseñanza de las matemáticas.
Con afecto desde. México,
Armando López Zamudio

August 9, 2014

Goodbye Hank,
We will miss you forever. We're glad that we shared the good times that we did before you had to go away. The recollection of our many dinners together and pleasant conversations on a never ending variety of topics will always be a bright spot in my memory.
Marcus, Yvonne, Anna, Anton & Katie

Maritza RN

August 8, 2014

I had the honor to care for Mr. Waits "Hank" and meet his wonderful family at FHE Orlando. I will always remember you all and my heart goes out to you with deepest sympathy.

George Walraven

August 8, 2014

So sorry for your loss Hank was always so nice to me when I would come over when we were kids

Wes & Patty Smith

August 7, 2014

David and Ursula - Patty and I are so very sorry to hear about Dr. Waits. It is my regret never to have met him but I know from David what a fine fellow and father he was. You have our deepest sympathies.

Bea Weaver

August 6, 2014


I wanted to express my sorrow for your loss of Bert. Although I didn't know him well, I feel close to both of you because of the affection Jane and Wade have for you.