Dean L. Isaacson

Isaacson graduated from Milaca in 1959, then earned a degree in mathematics
from Macalester College.

Isaacson won athletic honors at Milaca and competed on the track and field
team at Macalester for four years. He placed in the long jump at the conference
meet all four years at Macalester, finishing second as a sophomore
and first as a senior.

After graduating from Macalester in 1963, Isaacson received a national
fellowship to study mathematics at the University of Minnesota, where he
received his Master of Science degree in 1966 and Ph.D. in 1968. He took
his first, and only, job at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, in the fall of
1968. He was promoted to associate professor in 1972 and full professor in

Isaacson’s teaching record included courses in mathematics and statistics,
ranging from freshman level to doctorate level. His research resulted in 28
referred publications and a graduate-level textbook on Markov Chains, written
in 1976. He received several awards and honors at Iowa State and was
elected as a Fellow of the American Statistical Association in 1994.

Isaacson continued as department head until 2002 when he stepped down
and returned to teaching until he retired in 2009.

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