Dr. Philip Quartararo’s fruitful career in academia spans nearly a half-century, culminating with the title of professor emeritus at Southern University and A&M College in 2009. Dr. Quartararo served as an instructor and professor of mathematics since he joined the university in 1967, and held a post as the assistant to the vice chancellor of academic affairs from 1989 to 1991. He is known for his research in commutative ring theory and the development of educational materials. Dr. Quartararo is the co-author of “College Algebra: The UNCPAL Approach” and “Elementary Applied Mathematics,” as well as a frequent contributor to industry-related publications.

Dr. Quartararo prepared for his career in academia through the acquisition of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees from Louisiana State University. He obtained a Bachelor of Mathematics from LSUNO in 1964, a Master of Mathematics in 1966, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Mathematics in 1972. Throughout his career, Dr. Quartararo has collaborated in relationships with the American Mathematical Society, the Mathematical Association of America and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Civic work has also been a vital component of Dr. Quartararo’s success, and he is a member of Together Baton Rouge, a coalition of congregations and community-based organizations that addresses issues in the Baton Rouge area. He has also lent his support to Kiwanis International, the Charles W. Lamar Jr. YMCA, and the Presbyterian Church by holding several board positions.

Dr. Quartararo has found more time to enjoy his hobbies ever since retiring in 2002. Among them are swimming, golfing, choir singing in the church, and taking on home repair projects. He also runs a small goat farm.

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