Jim Deddens started his academic career here at UC, graduating with a BS in Mathematics in 1965. He went on to get a PhD in Pure Mathematics in 1969, specifically functional analysis, at Indiana University and later became a tenured faculty member in the Mathematics Department at the University of Kansas. In 1977 it was UC's good fortune that Jim decided to come home and join our Department in the College of Arts & Sciences.
While at Kansas Jim became interested in Statistics, an interest he continued to pursue when he joined the UC faculty. In that sense, Jim Deddens followed in a long tradition of excellent statisticians who began their academic careers in pure mathematics. So, after establishing himself as an excellent pure mathematician, Jim made a career change and became, essentially, the father of applied statistics here at UC. He has specialized in applications of statistics to epidemiology, and has established himself as a world expert in the area. Jim Deddens' professional contributions are extremely impressive: over 150 published articles and 9 PhD students graduated.
Jim Deddens has done so much for the Statistics program at UC; he was the driving force behind the establishment of the MS in Statistics degree in the Department of Mathematical Sciences and helped publicize the statistics courses in the department by getting the STAT course designation. Many students remember fondly his SAS Programming course and the handouts on his webpage. It is obvious, though, that when we think of Jim Deddens, one theme always stands out: the students came first.
Jim Deddens was an outstanding teacher who inspired many students to pursue careers in statistics, many of them working right here in Cincinnati. Through Jim's tireless efforts many of our undergraduate and graduate students have gotten financial support, either through internships, scholarships, or actual employment. Next year the Department will look to replace the position that he leaves behind, but replacing Jim Deddens himself will be extremely difficult, if not impossible.