Vyron Klassen, professor emeritus of mathematics, died Jan. 19 at the age of 79. The scholar served the University for 35 years, accepting a position at Cal State Fullerton in March 1965 — the same spring that he became one of the first recipients of a mathematics doctorate from Virginia Polytechnic Institute. During his tenure on campus, Klassen taught a variety of courses and served on the Academic Senate in the 1980s.
“His students commented on his concern for their academic success, as well as for them as individuals,” said Stephen Goode, chair and professor of mathematics. “He is remembered as a gentle and considerate person who was well-respected by his peers.”
Klassen is survived by his wife, Brenda; children Martin and Michelle; his brother Vuryl Klassen, professor emeritus of mathematics at CSUF; and five grandchildren.