DONALD THEODORE PIELE
December 26, 1937 ~ October 12, 2014
"When people remember Don, they mention his ready smile, energy, and passionate enthusiasm for life."
Donald Theodore Piele, age 76, died at his home in Oro Valley, AZ, on Oct. 12, 2014. The cause was brain cancer. He was born in Portland, OR on Dec. 26,1937 to Theodore "Ted" Piele and Helen Hanson Piele. Don grew up in Vancouver, WA, graduating from Hudson's Bay High School in 1956. He often expressed his gratitude to his father and step-mother, Felite, for providing a nurturing family life that allowed him to thrive.
Don received a BS in Chemistry from Washington State University, an MA in Mathematics from the University of Oregon and his PhD in Mathematics from the University of California, San Diego, in 1970.
He married Linda Fairweather in Richland, WA in 1963.
Don taught mathematics at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside for 37 years.
Starting in 1977, Don expanded a local contest into a national and then international contest, the International Computer Problem Solving Contest. This annual competition, held in schools from 45 states and 12 countries, ran until 1993. In 1992, he established the USA Computing Olympiad to train and select high school teams to compete in the International Olympiad in Informatics and over the next 17 years led U.S. teams to Olympiads all over the world.
In Sun City, he was especially active in the Poetry, Biking, and RV Clubs and offered classes for Sun City's Institute for Learning in Retirement.
Don is survived by his wife, Linda; daughters, Karen Miller (Jeffrey) of Wilmette, IL and Jeannine Fay (Michael) of Baltimore, MD; five grandchildren; brother, Philip Piele (Sandra) of Eugene, OR; step-brother, Doug McClelland (Carol) of Vancouver, WA; and step-sister, Joan Smith of Sisters, OR.
A memorial service will be held Sat., Nov. 15th at 2 p.m. at the Vistoso Funeral Home in Oro Valley.
Information about memorial donations can be found at: www.VistosoFH.com
Please see Don's obituary and sign his guest books at www.VistosoFH.com
Published by The Columbian on Nov. 9, 2014.