Fitting Gifford, Marjorie Ann Premo Pickering


Fitting Gifford, Marjorie Ann Premo Pickering

Date Updated



Mathematics and Computer Science

Academic Rank


Year Retired from SJSU


Educational Background

University of Hawaii, West Oahu, Accounting, 2007-2011

University of Nevada, Las Vegas, 1995-97

Michigan State University, Mathematics Education,1968 PhD

University of Michigan, Mathematics,1966 AM

Wayne State University, Secondary Mathematics, 1958 MEd

Michigan State University, Mathematics, 1954 BS

Teaching Experience

University of Hawaii, Manoa 2005-2007

University of Nevada, Las Vegas 1994-1995

San José State University 1968-1992

University of Covilha, Portugal 1986

Michigan State University 1966-1968

Lawrence Institute of Technology 1961-1966

Oakland County Schools 1960-1961

Southfield High School 1959

Bloomfield Hills High School 1955-1957

Okemos High School 1954-1955

Administrative and Professional Experience

ERO, Counselor, AARP Taxaide, 2007-2018

Metier Tax Consultant LLC, 2011- , CEO

International Executive Service Corps, Thai Petrochemical, Bangkok, Thailand, 1983

Metra Instruments, 1972-1982, CFO

Frankel Brothers Builders, 1958

Mason L. Brown Engineers, 1953

Russell Kelly, 1952

Detroit News, 1949-1951

Selected Publications

Introduction of Geometry, McGraw-Hill, 1996

"The Cevian Problem", Mathematics Teacher, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, May 1998

Computer Literacy Series, 7 booklets, Midwest Publications, 1984

Introduction to Number Theory, Creative Publications

Discovering Number Theory, Creative Publications, 1973

Test Generating Software, John Wiley & Sons, 1984-1986

Personal Commentary

Current community service:

Rotary club of Hanalei Bay Foundation, treasurer

Rotary Club of Hanalei Bay, member

‘Aina Ho’okupu O Kilauea, director, 2016, 2017

AARP Taxaide, local coordinator, tax preparer, 2007-2018

When I was an undergraduate student at Michigan State University, my advisor, Dr. J. Sutherland Frame, suggested that I revise his solid geometry book which had been published some 17 or so years earlier. I always thought that I would do that someday but never did. Finally, in 1990, I began formulating some of my own ideas for an introductory geometry book which in 1996 resulted in a publication with the same publisher.

Being a woman has an effect on what one accomplishes. For me in high school it resulted in my taking a fourth year of French instead of trigonometry (even though I planned to be a mathematics major in college), not taking shop or mechanical drawing, and omitting physics and chemistry. In college I elected to become a high school mathematics teacher instead of an engineer since women were unable to get jobs as engineers at that time. Feeling normal social pressures which dictated that the main purpose of college was to get an MRS. Degree and later raise a family, I was enjoying raising 3 boys by the time I realized that I really wanted an academic career and started back to school to get it.

During my years at SJSU, I most enjoyed those sessions in my office when students discovered the sources of their misunderstandings and regained their self-esteem in doing mathematics. Never being a great lecturer, I was always pleased when students asked questions because it helped me to know how to help them. I particularly remember when the President of the University came by and saw my students on the floor using manipulatives to learn mathematics, when the calculus II students brought to class their models of sollid figures for which we were finding volumes, when programming students first discovered the power of the computer in a hands on programming session, and when linear algebra students could echo back as a class, “But, what properties does it have?” The rewards in teaching are the accomplishments of the students: a set of programs that solve the problems of a school library or for pizza delivery, an “Aha,” when a solution to a mathematical problem is found, or a lesson well-taught in a local high school classroom. Thank you, students, for letting me share these accomplishments with you. Please remember to let me know how you are doing now!

Date Completed: 9/96; Updated 10/29/2019

Adapted from: Biographies of Retired Faculty San Jose State University 1997: A Project of the Emeritus Faculty Association of San Jose State University. San Jose, CA: The University, 1997.


Fitting Gifford, Marjorie Ann Premo Pickering