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New Zealand Statistical Association Newsletter 74

February 2013

Professor Shayle Robert Searle
(April 26, 1928 - February 18, 2013)

Professor Shayle Searle died on the 18th of February aged 84 after a short battle with cancer, at his home in Ithaca with family by his side.

Shayle, an eminent Cornell University statistician, had a long-standing association with Victoria University and the NZSA. He was awarded an honorary doctorate from Victoria University in 2005 (pictured above with daughters Heather (L) and Susan (R)). Shayle established a Visiting Fellowship in Statistics in 2003, to enable leading international statisticians to visit Victoria to undertake research and seminars. He was also an active member of the US Friends of Victoria, and endowed a prize for the best student in first-year applied statistics, which has been awarded since 1999.

Shayle was elected as a fellow of the American Statistical Association in 1968 and was awarded a US Senior Scientist Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in Germany in 1985. In 1999 he was made an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand, a rare honour for New Zealand scientists who are resident overseas.

The Ithaca Journal's Obituary can be accessed here.

The 2009 Statistical Science article, "A Conversation with Shayle R. Searle", is available here.

Above, Shayle describing his long association with SAS to NZ representative, Jim Hooper, at the International Workshop on Matrices and Statistics at Massey Albany in 2005. Shayle's "Recollections from a 50-year Random Walk midst Matrices, Statistics and Computing" was a highlight of the workshop.

If you would like to add a tribute to Shayle, or contribute a photograph, please email Vanessa.

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