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ORVILLE KEAN

October 31, 1938


Orville Edward Kean was born on October 13, 1938 in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, the first son of Charles and Edith nee Joseph Kean, also natives of St. Thomas. His early education, both primary and secondary, was obtained in the Virgin Islands Public School System. As a high school student at the Charlotte Amalie High School, Orville distinguished himself and graduated as valedictorian of the class of 1955.

In September, 1955 Orville left St. Thomas to pursue undergraduate studies at Lincoln University. He remained there until June, 1959 when he graduated as salutatorian of his class with an A.B. degree in Mathematics. Shortly after graduation from Lincoln, Mr. Kean returned to St. Thomas to become a social worker in the Department of Social Welfare. After a year with the Department of Welfare, the opportunity to further pursue his education once again presented itself, and Mr. Kean returned to the States, this time to Michigan, to study at the University of Michigan. In June, 1961, he received his M.S. degree in Mathematics from that institution.

June, 1962 saw the return of Mr. Kean to St. Thomas, where he remained for the next six years. In August of that year he married Juliette Corneiro. Shortly after his marriage, in September, Mr. Kean began teaching Mathematics at Charlotte Amalie High School. He left teaching in 1965 to become Director of Research and Statistics in the Department of Social Welfare. He finally returned to teaching, this time as an assistant professor of Mathematics at the College of the Virgin Islands, in January, 1966.

With the financial assistance of the College of the Virgin Islands, Mr. Kean was able to return to graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania in 1968. From September, 1968 to June, 1971, he studied in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania and received his Ph.D. in Mathematics in 1971. His doctoral thesis, entitled "Abstract Horn Theories" was well received in a lecture delivered by him at the University of Chicago before graduation. During the time he attended the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Kean was the recipient of a Ford Foundation Advanced Study Fellowship for College Faculty Members.

Presently, Dr. Kean is Associate Professor of Mathematics at the College of the Virgin Islands. His most recent mathematical interests lie in the field of categorical model theory.



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