2005-10-21 / Columnists

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by Dr. Geraldine M. Chapey, Democratic District Leader

Weber and Ribet Honored

Evelyn Weber and Kenneth Ribet are two outstanding individuals who have excelled in the educational arena.

Weber, a talented, effervescent and creative professional was honored at the Hadassah – Rockaway Park Chapter luncheon. She was introduced by our dynamic and charismatic Chapter President Renee Freeman. Renee has a unique capacity for recognizing excellence in education because she herself has had an outstanding career in our educational system working with children with special needs.

Weber has had a life long passion for helping others to help themselves. She had a remarkable career in the New York City Board of Education. Evelyn Weber is a true role model for women with a zeal for combining a family and a career. Evelyn brought to her teaching career a myriad of professional experiences as a cashier, bookkeeper and as a junior accountant. These positions gave Evelyn an important understanding of economics and finances which she applied to her teaching career. Evelyn attended P.S. 19, PS 144, JHS 210 and Tilden H.S. Evelyn continued to pursue her academic training receiving a BA and MA degree from Brooklyn College. Brooklyn College is an academic star in the City University of New York system. Evelyn continued her educational pursuits achieving a 6th year supervisory certificate. In her academic career Evelyn became an elementary school teacher, rose to assistant principal and continued her upward progression by becoming a supervisor of early childhood. Evelyn has an excellent reputation among her colleagues as a professional with an in-depth knowledge of educational theory and practice and a futuristic vision. Her daughter Marcia is also an outstanding pedagogue who seeks excellence in all her endeavors. She has an outstanding reputation among her peers. She is currently a supervisor of Early Childhood in the New York City schools. Marcia is a pioneer. She is the first woman President of the West End Temple. Evelyn and Marcia Weber consider educational achievement to be the corner stone of a successful democracy. Evelyn and Marcia are a great mother/daughter team. They spearhead projects to improve our community.

Weber’s literacy talents are obvious in her role as the editor of Hadassah bulletin. As Renee Freeman noted the bulletin is “interesting and informative.”

Evelyn is living proof that when you give a busy woman something to do she will excel. Evelyn is active in Hadassah, the Board of Trustees of the West End Temple, the National Council of Jewish Women, Women’s ORT, Jewish Women International, The Board of the Neponsit Property Owners, Kappa Delta Pi – an educational honor society, The Rockaway Catholic Jewish Council and The Rockaway Music and Arts Council.

The wonderful chairpersons of the Hadassah luncheon were Ruth Van Leer and Cathy Goldsmith. They are both dedicated and capable. They work diligently and successfully to achieve the goals of Hadassah.

Speaking of successful professionals, Kenneth Ribet is a world renowned scholar. Kenneth is an internationally known mathematician who will be the guest speaker for the American Mathematical Society 2005 lecture series for high school mathematics students on Thursday, November 3 at the New York Hall of Science. He is a proud graduate of P.S. 114, J.H.S. 210 and Far Rockaway High School. His genius in math exhibited itself early in his academic career. In high school he was part of a competitive math team. He is a gifted scientist and mathematician. He has always been blessed with an inquiring mind.

Ribet received his bachelor’s and master’s degree from Brown University – (one of the prestigious Ivy League universities) and his doctorate from Harvard University.

Ribet is internationally known for his work on problems in numbers theory and arithmetical algebraic geometry. In addition to his earned doctorate he was awarded an honorary doctorate by Brown University. This is the highest honor that can be bestowed on an individual who has earned outstanding recognition and acclaim in his field.

Ribet has taught at Princeton University and at the University of Paris. His outstanding talents and contributions were recognized when he was selected as a Sloan Foundation Fellow and pursued mathematical research at the Institute des Hautes Etudies Scientifiques in Paris, France. (This information was obtained from a web site outlining the accomplishments of Dr. Kenneth Ribet and describing the honorary doctorates offered by Brown University).

Ribet has served on the editorial and advisory boards of numerous journals and book series including the following: graduate texts in mathematics, undergraduate texts in mathematics, university texts, The Journal of Number Theory, The International Journal of Number Theory, Annales de l’ Institut Fourier, Mathematische Annalen, Mathematics Research Letters, Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics (scientific advisory board) and the U. S. National Committee for Mathematics.

Ribet is invited to present lectures at conferences, institutes and universities around the world. His work is quoted extensively by other mathematical scholars. His research is of extreme importance to the field of mathematics.

Ribet is best known for his role in the proof of Fermat’s Last Theorem. “He is credited with paving the way towards Andrew Wile’s proof of Fermat’s last theorem. Ribet established the epsilon conjecture and thereby proved that Fermat’s Last Theorem would follow from the Taniyama – Shimura conjecture. Crucially, it also followed that the full conjecture was not needed but a special case, that of semis table elliptic curves sufficed” according to Wikipedia, an encyclopedia.

Ribet is currently a professor at the University of California at Berkeley. He will base his lecture at the New York Hall of Science on Fermat’s Last Theorem and Beyond. Dr. Kenneth Ribet is a man of outstanding intellect. He is one of the most prominent scholars in the United States. He is personable, dynamic, intellectual and charismatic. Dr. Ribet’s work has received the highest academic honors.

We all recognize that our parents are our first and most important teachers. They nurture us, advise us and guide us on life’s path. David and Pearl Ribet are the outstanding parents of Dr. Kenneth Ribet. They have devoted their lives to nurturing their family, enhancing academic scholarship, promoting moral principles and advancing community service. Congratulations to Dr. Kenneth Ribet, and his parents, David and Pearl.

On Friday, October 28,Ralph and Lillian Leinoff will be conduct their final Service at the West End Temple at 8:15 pm. Please join the Rockaway Catholic Jewish Council, Dr. Geraldine Chapey and Renee Freeman, chairpersons at the service, as we wish Ralph and Lillian Leinoff well in the new endeavors. Ralph and Lillian have been a very strong force in our community working to improve relationships across the city and to foster a spirit of brotherhood and sisterhood. They will be sorely missed. Please join us as we honor Ralph and Lillian Leinoff.


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