William A. Arvola, 54, died by suicide on February 28, 2017. Bill was suffering from multiple health and disability issues at the time of his death. Depression and financial difficulties may have been the primary factors resulting in the self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Bill was born April 12, 1962, in Sacramento, California to William and Mary Arvola. Bill grew up in California and Oregon. Excelling in mathematics, he graduated from Oregon State University in three years with a Bachelor’s in Mathematics.
Continuing his mathematical work, he earned a PhD in Mathematics from the University of Wisconsin - Madison, writing his dissertation in topology under Professor Peter Orlik. After graduation he worked as a professor at several colleges and universities. At the time of his death he was an instructor at Madison College, Madison, Wisconsin.
Bill had a life-long interest in games. He was an avid chess player winning the Arpad Elo tournament his first year in graduate school. He also enjoyed role-playing games both in person and online.
Bill is survived by his three sisters (Sharon, Pat, and Lena) and his nephew/godson (Philip).
At Bill’s request there will be no memorial service and no funeral.
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