Arunas L Liulevicius
November 6, 1934 – December 21, 2018
Arunas L Liulevicius was born on November 6, 1934 and passed away on December 21, 2018
Arunas L Liulevicius
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January 14, 2019
I was a student in Dr. Liulevicius' point-set topology class in the Fall Semester of 1963, if memory serves. He was an excellent teacher, and many of those who took his class remember wonderfully-put expressions that he invented, such as "Let me not insult your intelligence by (doing whatever)" or "proof by bare hands." He had too many of these bon mots to count. I was proud of the fact that I was the only person in the University who seemed to be able to pronounce his name correctly.
He saved my career twice by talking me out of leaving. If it hadn't been for him, I would not have had the career I ended up with. I will be grateful for his presence in my life forever. The last time I saw him, which was when we ran into each other at the annual AMS/MAA Mathematics Conference in New Orleans many years ago, I told him this, and he shrugged it off as nothing, but it was't nothing. To me it was everything.
God bless him.
January 2, 2019
My condolences to his family and to all who knew him. He's a treasure.
I was his student as an undergraduate and spent many an office hour with him (and his ever-ready box of Le Petit Ecolier dark chocolate cookies, which he graciously shared, even insisting I take one for later if I wasn't hungry).
I had a lot of "Aha!" moments thanks to him -- often hours after we met in his office because his pedagogical approach was just like that (similar to Professor Karl Weintraub in that regard, also at the University of Chicago, who often said "It'll hit you at 3 in the morning").
Every time I came to reunion, I'd make a special effort to see Professor Liulevicius. And years later, when I went back to graduate school in applied & interdisciplinary math, I found I could help my pure math colleagues with their algebra.
The last time I saw him, I told him that story and thanked him again for his wonderful algebra lessons, which perhaps were reinforced in my memory by the association with those tasty cookies. He smiled, then told me he thought I always looked hungry. And as if in a comedy routine, he immediately offered me a cookie, and we both laughed.
January 2, 2019
I wish to offer my deepest sympathy to Arunas' family. He was an older colleague of mine in the Math Department. He was an inspiration to me, with advice and encouragement on mathematics and other subjects of deep mutual interest. I have missed him very much in recent years since he no longer came to the Math Department. His memory will be a deep blessing to me.
December 28, 2018
I just happened to stumble on this memorial while investigating some research materials. I would like to offer my sincere condolences to the Liulevicius family. I took my first "real" math class, an introduction to modern algebra, from Mr. Liulevicius (as he was addressed in class) when I was an undergraduate at the University of Chicago. I had essentially no background in mathematics; in fact, mathematics was my worst subject in high school and it was a bit of a fluke that I decided to take some additional, and arguably unnecessary, math classes in college. As an instructor, he was superb and very, very considerate and generous with his time. I later took an introductory course in algebraic topology from him which was also excellent. He had a profound impact on me and was a major factor in my deciding to continue to graduate school in mathematics. He was easily one of the most influential teachers in my life. I feel very fortunate to have known him.