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Mathematics professor helped develop key campus buildings

Lloyd Montzingo Jr., professor emeritus of mathematics, died Dec. 5, 2018, just six days after his 92nd birthday.

Lloyd MontzingoMontzingo, a popular Seattle Pacific University professor and faculty leader for 30 years, retired in 1992. He left behind contributions to the life of the University that remain today.

As the first director of the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Montzingo was a key player in developing the Miller Science Learning Center (now Otto Miller Hall) after SPU purchased the Arcweld manufacturing building in 1973. In the 1960s, he was on the faculty committee that worked with the architects who designed Demaray Hall.

Born in Chicago, Montzingo was the second of four children of a Free Methodist pastor. Active in his Norwood, New York, high school, Montzingo was class president, school newspaper editor, clarinetist, varsity letterman in sports, and valedictorian of his graduating class.

While an undergraduate at Houghton College, he met Eleanore Klekot, and they married in 1948. When she passed away in 2017, they had been married 69 years.

In 1962, he and his growing family traded the East Coast for Seattle, where in addition to joining the Seattle Pacific College faculty, he and his family became members of First Free Methodist Church. There, he sang in the choir, served on the administrative board, and taught Sunday school classes.

Montzingo is survived by six sons, including  David Montzingo ’68, Douglas Montzingo ’74, Darrel Montzingo ’79, Dean Montzingo ’89, and Dan Montzingo ’87; 20 grandchildren, including Sarah Montzingo Mork ’00, Jennifer Montzingo ’04, Jake Montzingo ’07, and Heather Montzingo ’09; and 23 great-grandchildren.     

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