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I am making sure that my information on certain mathematicians is up to date and accurate. To this end I am looking at Robert Earl MacKenzie, who (according to my records) was born March 17, 1920. I have scoured the internet for news of his passing, but the only results I have found are inconclusive: PraBook does not record a death date, and there are 2 obituaries: one for a 2011 date and one for a 2016 date (so possibly neither one). Unfortunately it is a not uncommon name, so there may be plenty of records that refer to different people.

Does anyone out there have any inside knowledge? He is listed in this book I have as being in the dept of mathematics at Indiana at some stage.

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    $\begingroup$ My records indicate that he was born in 1920 and died in 2012. Once you have a suspected death date, you can try googling, and just now I got this newspaper article (not accessible by me, but what shows is sufficient to establish the 2012 death year). Incidentally, one way I've found death years is to include a year (in double quotes) in the search -- a year after the last year you can determine the person is alive -- and then increment year-by-year . . . $\endgroup$ – Dave L Renfro Jan 29 at 8:01
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    $\begingroup$ Incidentally, nothing so time-consuming as I suggested in my previous comment is needed for MacKenzie. The first thing I would have tried is "Robert Earl MacKenzie" + math + "1920", and this brings up the newspaper article in my previous comment. $\endgroup$ – Dave L Renfro Jan 29 at 8:05
  • $\begingroup$ @DaveLRenfro My googling skill is even worse than my mathematical skill and (this is incredible) even worse than my attitude towards learning. So thanks for that. $\endgroup$ – Prime Mover Jan 29 at 8:40

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