Longtime mathematics professor passes away
Feb. 15, 2016
Mike Searcy, who served as a Professor of Mathematics at the college for 41 years,
passed away Sunday.
A native of LaGrange, Searcy earned his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from
LaGrange College in 1963 and his master’s from Auburn University in 1968, the same
year he began teaching at LaGrange.
Beyond teaching a range of classes in the Mathematics Department, Searcy also
assisted with freshman orientation courses and served as a volunteer advisor to
the campus’s international students for many years.
“The students would go to his house, cook dishes from home and generally hang
out because they felt so comfortable with them,” said Dr. Charles Kraemer, Professor
of Psychology and longtime friend. “He also kept up with them after they graduated.”
Dr. Kraemer said Searcy’s work with the international students grew naturally
out of his love for language and travel. Searcy spoke French, German and Spanish
and traveled extensively around the globe. His Pre-Columbian artifacts were exhibited
at the college in 1974.
He was known as a “terrific teacher with very high standards,” said Dr. Kraemer.
“He also had a wonderful sense of humor, and was a passionate supporter of the
Professionally, Searcy was a longtime member of the American Mathematical Association.
Visitation will be 1 p.m. Thursday at Higgins LaGrange Chapel Funeral Home, 100 Corporate Plaza Dr. Funeral services will follow at 2 p.m.