Dr. Robert Appleson was born in Memphis, Tennessee, and was taught in his youth by Rabbi Ephraim Greenblatt, zt”l, to whom this work is dedicated. He is a trained mathematician (Ph.D., Vanderbilt 1975), who retired in 2014 after many years as a vice president for the Higher Learning Commission, an accrediting body for colleges and universities in nineteen states. Now spending most of his time studying at the Illinois Center for Jewish Studies, he and his wife are blessed with three married children and their spouses, each with children of their own. He has published articles in the fields of mathematics, educational policy, and Jewish studies.
Dr. Robert Appleson