Louis Richard Bragg

August 5, 1931May 6, 2018
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Louis Richard Bragg, 86, of Novi, formerly of Rochester, passed away Sunday May 6th, 2018.

Beloved husband of Mary Bragg (nee Huemiller) ; dear father of Ann ( Andy Garcia) Bragg and Arthur ( Beth Kautzman) Bragg; caring grandfather of Eleanor Bragg; and brother of Barbara Jean Galford.

Louis was born the son of John and Elsie (Ransinger) Bragg in Weston, West Virginia on August 5, 1931. He graduated from Widen High School and earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from West Virginia University. Louis earned his PhD in mathematics from the University of Wisconsin. He married Mary Huemiller on June 10th, 1972 in Rochester Michigan.

Louis was employed as a member of the mathematics faculty at Duke University and West Virginia University and then as a professor of mathematics at Case Institute of Technology followed by Oakland University.

Louis served as an elder and former treasurer for University Presbyterian Church in Rochester Hills. Louis’s family will welcome all to a visitation on Sunday May 13th, 2018 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Pixley Funeral Home located at 322 W. University Drive in downtown Rochester. Instate at 10:30 until the time of funeral service at 11 a.m. at University Presbyterian Church located at 1385 S. Adams Rd in Rochester Hills. Interment will be at Mount Avon Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Louis R. and Mary L. Bragg Endowed Scholarship in Mathematics at Oakland University or to University Presbyterian Church in Rochester Hills, Michigan.


  • Mary (nee Huemiller) Bragg, Wife
  • Ann (Andy Garcia) Bragg, Daughter
  • Arthur (Beth Kautzman) Bragg, Son
  • Eleanor Bragg, Granddaughter
  • Barbara Jean Galford, Sister
  • John Bragg, Father
  • Elsie (nee Ransinger) Bragg, Mother

  • Louis R. and Mary L. Bragg Endowed Scholarship in Mathematics (61190)
  • University Presbyterian Church



  • Visitation Sunday, May 13, 2018
  • In State Monday, May 14, 2018
  • Funeral Service Monday, May 14, 2018


  • Interment

Louis Richard Bragg

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William Carlson

May 13, 2018

I took two 500 level Mathematics classes at Oakland University from Prof. Bragg. These were two hour evening classes, twice per week, and Prof. Bragg always started the class on time, and used the full two hours, since he told us that he wanted us to get our money's worth. He fully delivered our money's worth with these lectures where he would fill the white board with calculations, and then discuss some of the finer points. Most of these lectures were completed without Prof. Bragg referring to notes or the text book, which was truly amazing to me. He brought mathematics alive and also provided historical facts about the various developments. When it came time for me to take the Engineering PH.D. Qualifying Exams, I asked Prof. Bragg for some assistance on some Mathematics and he invited me to join him at his Rochester Hills home for some tutoring (at no charge). Due to his tutoring and teaching, I passed the exams.

I also remember that Prof. Braggs was very proud of his wife and his children.

Prof. Braff was a gentlemen and a scholar. I remember Prof Bragg with fond memories. God Speed!


May 12, 2018

Dear Mary, Ann and Art and Family,

We wanted you to know that your Uthoff cousins in Kansas, Texas, Maryland and Hawaii are thinking of you all as you celebrate Lou's life together. Many congratulations on the new grandbaby, and please know you are welcome anytime on your travels.

Much love,

John & Linda Uthoff, Nick, Meredith, Jake & Libby Uthoff Stratton
Alan & Jennifer, Heather and Justin, Eric and Chelsea Uthoff
John Christopher & Edith Uthoff

George Feeman

May 11, 2018

Ruby and I offer our deepest condolences to Mary and the whole family. Lou was a fine man, a great colleague, and a very good mathematician. I recall when he and Mary perhaps first met at my house in Rochester at a Halloween party and bobbed apples together. It was a fun moment. In my role then as the Department Chair, Lou was always supportive. It was a particularly difficult time in the University as we were in the early days of being OU as opposed to the original MSU-O. When I took leave to work on a US-AID project in Nepal in 1975, Lou took over the job and guaranteed a smooth transition. We wish everyone in the family well in the days ahead and pray that God will bless them all. May Lou rest in peace. George