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"The likelihood that two graduates of one university would receive the award in the same year is remote," said mathematics professor emeritus John Kerrigan. "This is a tribute to the education received at the University and in particular from the mathematics department."
When he heard the news, Kerrigan spoke to the winners and said both credited professor emeritus Frank Milliman for their achievement. "They both told me that they believe that his teaching, caring, and mentoring were critical to their careers and their successes."
Malloy retired in 2009 from her post as an associate professor of mathematics education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She served on the NCTM board of directors and was a member of the NCTM Standards 2000 team. Prior to becoming a professor, she was the associate director for programs and director of the pre-college program at the University of North Carolina Mathematics and Science Education Network.
Now retired, Rubillo was executive director of the NCTM from 2001 until 2009, when he was named director of DeSales University's Center for Mathematics Teaching and Learning. Prior to 2001, he worked in public education for 36 years, including as a former DeSales faculty member. Prior to DeSales, Rubillo served Bucks County Community College in several roles, including professor of mathematics and chair of the department of mathematics and computer science.
The Lifetime Achievement Medal recognizes candidates' leadership, teaching and service on the job and at the regional and national levels. NCTM is the world's largest professional organization dedicated to improving mathematics education for students.