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History and Legacy of OCTM
The Ohio Council of Teachers of Mathematics was established as an idea on November 4, 1950 by a group of twelve educators convened by Harold P. Fawcett at Ohio State University. The first Annual Business Meeting took place on April 21, 1951 in Columbus, and OCTM has chosen to recognize its anniversaries on this date. During these last 70+ years, thousands of educators have participated in our strong and active professional community.
At this link, you will find a history of the first 50 years of OCTM, written in the year 2000. This history was compiled by Emalou Brumfield, Laura Anfang, and Adele Cohn, and it was based on earlier documents written by Clarence Heinke and Kenneth Cummins. The document includes information about the beginnings of OCTM, leaders through the years, and activities that have been mainstays of the organization.
Legacy of Leaders
OCTM believes that it is vital to recognize and remember the contributions of educators who have served as leaders in OCTM and in Ohio mathematics education. In particular, we believe that it is important to reflect on connections between their work and the goals that OCTM strives to meet today. To this end, members of OCTM have been developing short articles to highlight our past leaders, and we will post these articles here as they are written.
| Halbert C. Christofferson|| President of NCTM, 1938-1940, and OCTM, 1952-1954|
|F. Joe Crosswhite||President of NCTM; Board member in OCTM|
| Kenneth Cummins|| President of OCTM, 1962-1964|
| Harold P. Fawcett|| President of NCTM, 1958-1960; Founding leader of OCTM|
| William "Bill" Hunt|| President of OCTM, 1984-1986|
| Ona Kraft|| First President of OCTM, 1951-1952; Board member in NCTM|
| Marie Gugle|| President of NCTM, 1926-1928; Charter member of OCTM|
| Len Pikaart|| President of OCTM, 1982-1984|
| Eugene P. Smith|| President of NCTM, 1972-1974, and OCTM, 1956-1958|
| Lynn Aring|| President of GCCTM, Board member in OCTM|
| Luther Shetler|| Charter member of OCTM - Last surviving|
The OCTM Newsletter was replaced in 2016 with our monthly e-Blasts, which members receive electronically. Interested in having something featured in the monthly e-Blast? Email firstname.lastname@example.org .
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View all issues of the Newsletter from 2001-2015 HERE on Google Drive.