Elliot A. Tanis

The family of Elliot A. Tanis of Holland, Michigan, who died on Thursday, July 22, 2021. He was 87. A specialist in statistics, he retired from the Hope faculty in 2000 as a professor emeritus of mathematics after teaching at the college since 1965. His tenure included serving interim dean for the natural sciences in 1993, and taking students to Japan for May Term at Meiji Gakuin University. In 1989, the graduating class presented him with the Hope Outstanding Professor Educator (H.O.P.E.) Award. Survivors include his wife, Elaine (Buteyn) Tanis; their three children, Philip Tanis ’87 and Gretchen Schoon Tanis ’99, Joel Schoon-Tanis ’89 and Kathryn Schoon Tanis ’95, and Ellen Tanis ’90 Awad and Habeeb Awad; and six grandchildren.

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