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New Scholarship Honors Emeritus Professor and City Council Member

Fleming Brought the Best to Town and Gown

M. Brendan Fleming


When it comes to “town and gown,” M. Brendan Fleming is something of an authority.

For over 35 years, Fleming was a pillar of the university’s Department of Mathematics, credited with introducing the use of statistics software to teach statistical analysis. 

Yet Fleming is equally well known for his service to the City of Lowell. Between 1969 and 1992, he served nine terms on the Lowell City Council; from 1982 to 1984, he served as the city’s mayor. In 1971, he proposed the creation of the Lowell Historic District Commission, which helped spur the city’s historic preservation movement. 

To honor Fleming’s contributions to both town and gown, his family has endowed the M. Brendan Fleming Endowed Scholarship, which will benefit students majoring in mathematics, with special preference to students from Lowell. 

“We are very grateful to the Fleming family for their generosity,” says Prof. Kenneth Levasseur, chair of the Department of Mathematics. “Given Prof. Fleming’s deep ties to the city, it’s especially fitting that his scholarship will help support students from Lowell.”

Endowed scholarships will be a cornerstone of Our Legacy, Our Place: The Campaign for UMass Lowell, which will have its public launch in April.