ISU Graduate W. J. Conover to Retire Following Distinguished Career
W. J. Conover (known as Jay to his friends) attended grade school and high school in Ames before continuing at Iowa State College (as it was known back then) as a midshipman in the NROTC, graduating in 1958 with a degree in mathematics. After three years of active duty, where he taught math at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, he obtained his graduate degrees in math from Catholic University in Washington D.C., where he developed a love for statistics. He taught at Kansas State for ten years and then joined the math department at Texas Tech University for the next fifty years. In the summer of 1977, Professor Conover taught a summer course at Iowa State University as a visiting professor. He is retiring in August 2023 as a Paul Whitfield Horn Distinguished Professor of Statistics with over 50,000 citations to his books and papers by scientists from all over the world. Congratulations to Professor Conover on his upcoming retirement and his long and distinguished career!