Longtime mathematics professor passes away

Feb. 15, 2016

Mike Searcy 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 arts.”

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.

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