Alan Marshall Bunner, 84, one of the giants of the Culver Faculty, passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 19, in Mishawaka, Ind. He served as a mathematics instructor at Culver Academies from 1957 through 1992.
Bunner held the Vlasic Chair of Teaching and the William Pitt Oakes Memorial Chair of Mathematics. He was also a past recipient of the Kaser Scholar Award and the Delmar T. Spivey Award for Excellence in Teaching. He was named an honorary member of the Cum Laude Society in 1970.
Early in his career, Bunner was an assistant counselor in Company C. He sponsored the math competition team from 1978 until his retirement in 1992. He is responsible for much of the development of Culver’s computer education program.
Born April 18, 1932, in Fort Wayne, Ind., he was the youngest of three sons of Forest and Orilla Bunner. He graduated from Fort Wayne South Side High School in 1950 and then served three years in the United States Army, reaching the rank of sergeant.
Bunner entered Purdue University, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in 1957. He studied for his master’s at Purdue under a General Electric Fellowship, receiving that degree in 1959. He also pursued further graduate work at Princeton University, Wesleyan University, and the University of Oklahoma through a National Science Foundation grant.
He started his Culver career in 1957 and served as chairman of the math department for eight years. Bunner is noted as the originator of the Academies’ computer science program and he taught summer sessions in computer science to other teachers at Purdue. He was also a member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and the Mathematics Association of America.
Following his retirement from Culver in 1992, Bunner was an adjunct Instructor of Mathematics at Ancilla College for 14 years. He was elected to the Culver Town Board in 1979, and served one term. Bunner was a member of Grace United Methodist Church in Culver.
He is survived by his brother James of Erie, Pa., and a number of nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his oldest brother Robert in 2014. He never married.
Always the teacher, Bunner donated his body to medical science and education, according to his family. At this time, there are no arrangements. The family requests memorials be made the Culver Educational Foundation or Ancilla College.