Levi Stephen Shively was born 10-Oct-1884 in Piatt County, IL and died 17-Jul-1976 in La Verne, Los Angeles County, CA. He was the son of John J. Shively and Leah Blickenstaff. (For additional information on John and Leah Shively see the Shively blog article written on March 16, 2014). Levi Shively married 1st Emma Gertrude Whisler. She was born 13-Apr-1882 in Ashland, Saunders County, NE being a daughter of George E. Whisler and Elmira Harley. Emma died 7-Feb-1933 in Muncie, Delaware County, IN. Levi married 2nd Emma Wolf born 27-Nov-1901 being a daughter of J. Emrey Wolf and Mary Trostle. Edna died 4-Jan-1992 in California.
The following was extracted from the Pomona Progress Bullentin, Pomona, California, Sunday, July 18, 1976, Page 4 Column 3:
Levi S. Shively of 2700 Magnolia Ave., La Verne, died Saturday in Woods Memorial Convalescent Hospital, La Verne.
Mr. Shively was born Oct. 10, 1884 in Cerro Gordo, Ill., and moved to La Verne in 1960 from Bridgewater, Va.
He graduated from the Academy at Mt. Morris College, received his AB degree from the University of Michigan in 1907 and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Mr. Shively received his AM degree from the University of Chicago and elected to Sigma Xi in 1916. In 1917 he received his Ph. D. from the University of Chicago with Magna Cum Laude.
Mr. Shively taught mathematics and astronomy for over 50 years in Mt. Morris College and Ball State University. In his post retirement he taught at Bridgewater College in Virginia. He was a charter member of the Church of Brethren for many years.
Besides his widow, Edna, he is survived by four sons, WIllard W. of Chicago, Ill., Forest W. of West Palm Beach, Fla., Dr. Ralph L. of Lake Bluff, Illinois and Dr. John L. of West Lafayette, Ind.; grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Services will be held today at 11 a.m. in the La Verne Church of the Brethren following the morning worship service. The Rev. Herbert Ruthrauff and Jefferson Mathis will officiate.
Friends may make memorial contributions to Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana for a mathematics scholarship.
Located in the Muncie Evening Press, Muncie, Indiana, Wednesday, July 21, 1976, Page 13, Column 1:
Levi S. Shively, Ball State math professor, dies
Memorial services were held earlier this week in LaVerne, Calif., for Levi S. Shively, 91, professor emeritus of mathematics at Ball State University, who died Friday.
Dr. Shively, a former college president and internationally known mathematician and author, had made his home in California for several years.
He retired in 1951 after 42 years of college teaching and administration, including 23 years at Ball State and three years as president of Mt. Morris (Ill.) College. He was the author of a college geometry textbook which was used in the U.S., Canada, and translated into Swedish. Ball State honored Dr. Shively in 1968 by naming a graduate residence hall after him.
A native of Cerro Gordo, Ill., he attended Mt. Morris College and earned the AB degree at the University of Michigan in 1908. He earned his AM and PhD degrees from the University of Chicago in 1916 and 1917 respectively.
For a short time he taught in the rural schools of Illinois and from 1908 to 1915 at Mt. Morris College where he later was dean and president. He also taught at Western Illinois University.
A member of Phi Beta Kappa and Sigma Xi, national honoraries, he was active in the Mathematical Association of America, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, and the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada. He belonged to the Church of the Brethren in Muncie.
He also served on the board of Manchester College, North Manchester.
Following his retirement at Ball State, he traveled for the Mission Board of the Church of the Brethren and later taught at the Bridgewater (Va.) College where his wife served as dean of women. They moved to California in 1961.
Survivors include his wife Edna, four sons, Forest W., West Palm Beach, Fla.; Dr. John L., West Lafayette; Ralph L., Lake Bluff, Ill, and Willard, Chicago.
Memorials may be sent to the Ball State University Foundation for the student emergency loan fund.
This newspaper obituary was found in The Star Press, Muncie, Indiana, Wednesday, February 8, 1933, Page 12, Column 3:
Mrs. L. S. Shively Dies, Burial To Be In Illinois
Brief funeral services were conducted last night at the Meeks mortuary for Mrs. Emma. G. Shively, 50, wife of Levi S. Shively, 407 Riverside avenue, who died yesterday in Ball Memorial Hospital after an illness which began early in January. The body will be taken at 11 o'clock this morning to Sterling, Ill., for funeral and burial.
Mrs. Shively had lived in Muncie since the family came here from Mt. Morris, Ill., five years ago. Her husband is associate professor of mathematics at Ball State Teachers College. She was a member of the Church of the Brethren on West Jackson street, and the Monday Afternoon Club.
Surviving besides the husband are four sons, Willard W., Forest W., Ralph L. and John L. Shively; the father, George E. Whisler, of Sterling, Ill.; a sister, Mrs. Elmer Billsborough of Mt. Morris, Ill., and one brother, Samuel L. Whisler, of Waldron, Mich.