Electronic Journal of Qualitative Theory of Differential Equations
John R. Graef did not retire from Mississippi State University in order to retire. Rather, he was seeking ways to add to his overfilled schedule . . . which he found in Fall 1999 in the form of position of Head of the Department of Mathematics at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He currently remains in that position, and during his time in that position, he has become a strong proponent in upgrading the visibility of the department, in improving the level of the department faculty, in seeking out benefactors for the department, in obtaining external funding for the department, and recently, he was a leading advocate in designing and in gaining approval of a new M.S. degree in Mathematics. Three of his departmental colleagues at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga have contributed papers for this Special Issue. Beyond fulfilling his administrative and teaching roles, John continues to produce research at an astounding rate. He serves on numerous editorial boards, and he is the Editor of Communications in Applied Analysis. John continues to impact the mathematical community in many and substantial ways. He is seemingly indefatigable. In addition, John has a unique ability to fill in as an extemporaneous banquet speaker (his wealth of experiences and his levity provide him a plethora of audience gripping delightful tales). Words cannot express our admiration and appreciation for John. It gives us great pleasure in dedicating and presenting this bound volume of this Special Issue of the Electronic Journal of Qualitative Theory of Differential Equations in honor of his sixty-seventh birthday and his many contributions to mathematics and academia.
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Special Edition I
Eloe, Paul W. and Henderson, Johnny, "Preface [Honoring the career of John Graef on the occasion of his sixty-seventh birthday]" (2009). Mathematics Faculty Publications. 106.