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Roland Andrew Sweet

March 14, 1940April 15, 2019

Roland Andrew Sweet, beloved husband, father and grandfather, passed away on April 15, 2019 with his family by his side. Born on March 14, 1940 in St. Petersburg, Florida, Roland was the youngest of Fred and Blanche (Aubin) Sweet’s five sons. After graduating from St. Petersburg High School in 1958, Roland served for two years in the U.S. Navy. He studied for an Associate’s degree at St. Petersburg Junior College and then obtained a BS in Mathematics from Florida State University in 1963. Roland was subsequently recommended by an undergraduate advisor for admission into a new Ph.D. program in Computer Science at Purdue University, funded by a National Defense Education Act grant intended to fill a critical need for mathematicians and computer scientists at the height of the Cold War. Doctorate in hand, he joined the newly established Computer Science Department at Cornell University in 1967 as an associate professor; as he would throughout his career, Roland also worked during the summers at a variety of national research labs. His stints at the Argonne National Laboratory and the Marathon Oil Research Center in Denver drew him to the state that would become his true home: Colorado. Roland joined the University of Colorado’s Math Department as a tenure-track professor in 1970, teaching at the Denver campus while also consulting at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). He received tenure in 1974 and continued to teach as an associate professor until 1980, when he left to take a position at the National Bureau of Standards (NBS, now NIST) in Gaithersburg, Maryland. Just two years later, Roland returned to Colorado, transferring to a position at the NBS labs in Boulder and then rejoining the Math Department at UC Denver as a full professor and Director of the Computational Mathematics Group. In January 1989, Roland married the love of his life, Linda Lindgren. Once he retired from the university in 1996, together they fulfilled this avid sailor’s lifelong dream of taking to the seas, living for two years aboard a sailboat, mostly in the Caribbean. Roland returned to the land in 1998, moving first to Seattle to work on a digital image compression project for a small start-up firm, LizardTech, and later to McKinney, Texas, where he worked on programming and software projects for BD and other companies. He retired for good in 2008, and came home one final time to Boulder. It was there that he discovered his post-retirement calling as a volunteer garden manager for Earth’s Table, a non-profit community farming program working to end hunger, which became a passion of Roland’s over these last years. He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Linda; his daughters, Catherine (Scott Bolz) and Anne; his stepdaughter, Elizabeth Holman (Carolus) and stepson, Warren Lindgren (Mendi); five adoring grandchildren, Isabelle Holman, Holden Lindgren, Olivia Bolz, Hayden Lindgren, and Hannah Sweet; and Winston the cat. In them, his love and light will live on. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that a contribution be made in Roland’s name to Earth’s Table (www.earths-table.org), the organization that brought him so much joy and purpose by helping those in need.

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MARGIE DIAN JOBIN-STAGNER

April 18, 2021

WHO COULD FORGET A SWEET GUY LIKE ROLAND. I REMEMBER HIM AT GLENOAK ELEMENTARY, SOUTHSIDE JR HI, & ST PETE HI. HE ALWAYS GREETED ME IN THE HALLS, ALWAYS WITH A SMILE. WE SHARED LAUGHS AT PARTIES & SCHOOL FUNCTIONS. HE WAS ALWAYS A GENTLEMAN. WISH WE COULD HAVE DATED, I THOUGHT HE WAS A HOTTIE. BUT THEN I MOVED AWAY & LOST TRACK UNTIL THE SPHS 50 YR REUNION. THE WAY HE LOOKED AT LINDA, WE COULD TELL SHE WAS THE LOVE OF HIS LIFE. WE PLANNED TO VISIT WHEN HE CAME TO HOUSTON BUT PLANS CHANGED. WE KEPT IN TOUCH & REMINISCED OVER CLASSMATES PICTURES HE SENT. I READ OVER HIS LIFE HISTORY--WHAT AN HUMBLE MAN TO HAVE ACCOMPLISHED ALL THAT HE DID & NOT MENTION IT. REST IN PEACE ROLAND & BLESSINGS TO THE FAMILY.

Lisa Kolbe

April 16, 2021

Our dear neighbor in the Woodland Hills townhouse community in Gaithersburg was Roland. We met in 1980 and remained friends for life. His great smile and gentle demeanor were his hallmarks. We were so fortunate to claim this wonderful human being as our friend. Miss his laugh but remember the good times with love in our hearts.
Lisa and Rob Kolbe

Elizabeth Sweet

January 9, 2021

Uncle Roland,
I remember back in 1990 i was putting together a Sweet family reunion and sent out letters to everyone Roland wrote to me it was hard to believe that i was all grown up but he said i will always be his" Little Betsy " i miss you Uncle Roland you always made me feel special.
One day we will have the biggest Sweet family reunion in heaven.

Todd Kasica

September 3, 2020

Catherine an Anne. I am sorry for your loss. Your father was very instrumental in my future in many ways. I will never forget our sailing trips...the best time of my life!!!!!. So many memories.

Lisa and Rob Kolbe

November 1, 2019

Oh our dear friend Roland. We have such wonderful memories of our times with him on Wye Mill Court. His two years in Gaithersburg with us were so special.
Our deepest sympathies go to his beautiful family.
We loved him so much.

John Dennis

May 5, 2019

Roland and I were both Assistant Professors at Cornell in the late 60s. We had a lot of fun writing a paper together. He was a good guy, both kind and irreverent. I enjoyed our time together very much.

David Hutchinson

April 30, 2019

Roland and I were in 1st and 2nd grade together at Glen Oak Elementary in 1946/47. Mrs Wall was our teacher in 2nd. (I had to attend Lakewood through the remaining elementary years as the attendance lines were changed) Great memories of Roland during recess periods, his quick mind, as well as gatherings at his home on Tangerine Ave. Lost contact with him after 7th grade SSJH as I moved to another school area in St. Pete; however, we did reconnect through our Navy Reserve service in 1957-1958, before both going on active duty .

To Roland's faithful wife, Linda, and his wonderful family, my wife, Elizabeth Hollingsworth 1959 SPHS, and I pray for God's grace and love to comfort each of you every day in this life. (Proverbs 3:5&6)
David Hutchinson (Hutch)

wayne mock

April 30, 2019

Rest in peace Roland
Wayne Mock

Suely Oliveira

April 19, 2019

I met Professor Roland Sweet right after I came to graduate school in the USA. He just seemed like a wonderful person, so supportive of me and all the other students at University of Colorado in the late 80's. Being a woman in mathematics then, I did not get people to trust me professionally right away, however Roland was an exception. He saw no difference in gender, he hired me for a project, and taught me to get started. He was a great teacher in the classroom too. Now so many years later, thinking about those days I can tell, he inspired me get to where I am today. I myself have been a teacher and researcher for over 25 years.

So this note is to say thanks and good bye to him. I am sure he is in a good place now and hope he can hear...Thank you so much for all you did for us, your students.

Renee Proulx Whitmill

April 19, 2019

I am so sorry to hear of Roland's passing. So many memories from over the years. His mom and dad lived down the street from where I was born and then when they bought a home on the Anclote River, my parents bought a river cabin right down the street. All the Sweet brothers would come there to visit their folks and I had lot's of fun with them and their children. I stayed with Roland in DC when I was traveling up to New Jersey to live, he took me around and showed me the city. My best time on a sailboat was with him, it was a great day. He was at my home a few years ago for dinner, we celebrated his birthday and my Aunt Thelma's, both born on March 14th.
He has left us too soon and my sympathy and prayers go out to you Linda, his children and grandchildren.
RIP Roland, thanks for the memories.

FROM THE FAMILY