Owen D. Byer


Owen joined the Eastern Mennonite faculty in 1999 after teaching at Northwestern College (IA) for three years. He received a Bachelor's degree in mathematics with secondary certification at Messiah College in Grantham, PA, and a Master's degree and Ph.D. in mathematics at the University of Delaware in Newark, DE. Owen's primary mathematical interests are combinatorics and extremal graph theory (a branch of mathematics created in large part by the late Paul Erdos). While his academic pursuits have mostly occured in mathematics, he has taught "War and Peace" and "Bridge" as part of the Honor's Programs at Northwestern and EMU. His other hobbies include playing basketball and bridge, gardening, and following the Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Miami Dolphins. Owen and his wife Barbara have been married since January 1990. They are active members at Weaver's Mennonite Church in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Their son Cameron was born on October 20, 1998 and their daughter Lillian (adopted from China in July 2002) was born on August 21, 2001.


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