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Former student helps math professor visit LST museum

Thanks to a former student, World War II veteran and retired mathematics professor Russell Stokes was transported back to the 1940s recently when he toured an LST, or Landing Ship Tank, in Evansville, Indiana for a few hours. During the war, he spent more than three years aboard the USS LST 566.

Bill Austin, a retired math professor from the University of Tennessee-Martin, received his doctorate degree at the University of Mississippi under the guidance of Stokes. 

“He and Mrs. Stokes treated me and his other students as family,” Austin said recently in an interview with The Oxford Eagle. “Thus, I consider him as part of my family also. He has always treated students and people in general with the greatest respect, sometimes when they were displaying great ignorance. He is a true Southern gentleman.”

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