Born in New England on March 11, 1927, S. Elwood “Woody” Bohn died peacefully at home on April 16, 2013, in Arizona. Elwood is reunited with his parents, Paul and Josephine Bohn; and his sister, Viola M. Rolfson of Bismarck. After the death of his father in 1941, Elwood and his family moved to Mott and settled in Bismarck in 1944. Elwood had a gifted mind and was an outstanding athlete.
He attended Bismarck High School, started on the varsity basketball teams throughout his years there and earned all-state honors his senior year. He attended Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn., where he also excelled in basketball. All four years, Elwood started on the Cobber’s varsity basketball team, was the team’s captain his senior year, the first Concordia basketball player to score over 1,000 points and inducted into Concordia College’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 1997.
After graduation, with degrees in mathematics and economics, Elwood went on to a distinguished 43-year career in education. He taught at the University of Nebraska (’49-’50, ’56-’59) where he earned a master’s degree in mathematics and statistics in 1951 and a Ph.D. in 1961. He also taught at the University of Minnesota (’52-’53), Concordia College (’53-’56), Wartburg College (’59-’61), and Bowling Green State University (’61-’64), before serving 15 years as chairman of the Mathematics and Statistics Department at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio.
Throughout his professional career, Elwood was active in many professional academic organizations and research projects, including work for the National Science and Ford Foundations. After his retirement from Miami University in 1992, the University recognized Dr. Bohn’s contributions to science and the institution by establishing the Elwood Bohn Computation and Statistic Laboratory and the Elwood Bohn Annual Lecture Series.
Elwood is survived by his wife of 60 years, Dottie Solberg Bohn; his children, Andrew, Corinn and Jon Bohn; his grandchildren, Meghan Bohn Land and Malena, Clifford and Paul Bohn; and his loving in-laws.
A graveside service to celebrate Elwood Bohn’s life will be held in Oxford, Ohio, at a future date.