Gloria Conyers Hewitt

in 1999


Born: October 26, 1935

Birthplace: Sumter, South Carolina

Ph.D. (1962) University of Washington
Area: Homological Algebra; Dissertation: Direct and Inverse Limits of Abstract Algebras; Advisor: Richard Pierce

Professor Emeritus Department of Mathematical Sciences University of Montana


Gloria Conyers received her A.B. in Mathematics from Fisk University (1956). Although she did not study under Dr. Evelyn Boyd Granville, the first woman to earn a Ph.D. in Mathematics, through an older student, Vivienne Malone, she felt she did. She earned her M.S. (1960) and became the seventh African American woman to her Ph.D. (University of Washington-1961) in Mathematics. She has said,"Some of my fellow graduate students did all they could to help and encourage me. They included me in most of their activities. I know this situation was not the norm for a lot of Blacks studying mathematics, but I was fortunate enough to be at the right place at the right time."

Since 1961, Dr. Gloria Conyers Hewitt has been on the faculty of the University of Montana, as an Assistant Professor (1961), an Associate Professor (1966), and as Full Professor (1973). From 1995 to 1999 she was Chair of the Mathematics department since 1987. She has retired.

From 1964 to 1972, Dr. Gloria Hewitt was a visiting lecturer for the Mathematical Association of America. Then, for 1972 to 1975, she served on the executive council for the mathematical honor society, Pi Mu Epsilon. She has also worked with the committee that writes questions for the mathematics section of the Graduate Record Exam, and served as chair for this committee from 1984 to 1986. Dr. Hewitt has also worked as a reader and a table leader for the Advanced Placement calculus examinations. Further, she also served four years on the Calculus Development Committee where she helped develop syllabi for the Advanced Placement calculus courses and write the examinations [ETS Certicification of Appreciation.] She has been active in both the MAA and AWM.

Gloria Conyers Hewitt and Francis T. Hannick, Characterizations of generalized Noetherian rings, Acta Math. Hungar. 53 (1989), 61--73. 16A90 (16A33, 16A52)

Gloria Conyers Hewitt, Limits in certain classes of abstract algebras, Pacific J. Math. 22 (1967), 109--115. 08.10

Gloria Conyers Hewitt, The existence of free unions in classes of abstract algebras, Proc. Amer. Math. Soc. 14 (1963), 417--422. 08.30

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