University of Montana Honors an Early Black Faculty Member

The University of Montana has announced the establishment of the Gloria M. Hewitt Graduate Scholarship in Mathematics. The scholarship will support students in master’s and doctoral programs in mathematics with a preference for students from underrepresented groups. Dr. Hewitt taught at the University of Montana for 38 years and was one of the first African American women to earn a Ph.D. in mathematics.

Dr. Hewitt was born in Sumter, South Carolina, in 1935. She graduated from Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee, in 1956 and went on to earn a master’s degree in 1960 and a Ph.D. in mathematics in 1962 at the University of Washington.

Dr. Hewitt joined the faculty at the University of Montana in 1961 as an assistant professor. She was promoted to associate professor and granted tenure in 1966 and was named a full professor in 1972. She served as chair of the department of mathematics from 1995 to 1999. Dr. Hewitt remained on the faculty at the University of Montana until her retirement in 1999 when she was named professor emerita.



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  1. Rufus Watson, class of 56 says:

    It was great to hear of Dr.Hewitt. I’m not surprised with her success.

  2. Janie Brown Salazar says:

    Gloria Hewitt was my first mentor (if I can claim that) I worked for her at the U of Montana and she inspired me so much!! I worked for her for a short time she will have no idea who I am but from her support of my teaching math I will always be thankful – and to professor Yale who said he would support me furthering my math education if I so desired. These two believed in me when I hardly knew which way was up.
    Thank you.

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