My father, Lindsay Logan, who has died aged 79, was emeritus professor of Dundee University and a distinguished educationist. He was head of the maths department at Northern College, Dundee, before it amalgamated with the university, where he became head of maths education.
Through his passion for the teaching of mathematics, he made a significant impact on curriculum development in Scotland and far beyond.
Lindsay was born in Ladybank, Fife, to Jim Logan, a cobbler, and his wife, Catherine (nee Nicholson), and grew up in the town when it housed a PoW camp for German and Italian prisoners. He went to Ladybank primary school and Bell Baxter secondary school in Cupar. He then studied French and German at nearby St Andrews and took a teacher training course at Moray House in Edinburgh, where he met Rosemary Sangster. They married in 1966.
With her, Lindsay spent the first decade of his professional life – and the best years of their gilded youth – in Montreal, Canada, where he taught French. One day he was given an emergency maths class to teach and decided he liked it better than French, so he went back to university to get a qualification. Returning to Scotland in 1973, he was appointed lecturer at Dundee College of Education (later Northern College).
He worked there for the rest of his career, while travelling widely as a maths education consultant to the governments of Indonesia, Botswana and Serbia. On several memorable occasions, he brought study groups of Indonesian teachers back to Dundee – and to our family home in Fife. Over the years our house filled with batik paintings – and with the sound of my father’s joyous stories of education and adventure in south-east Asia.
In 1999, Lindsay was awarded a doctorate for his thesis on problem solving in primary mathematics, on which he drafted new guidelines for the Scottish curriculum.
After retiring, he maintained friendships with many former students, a generation of teachers across the globe who fondly remember his distinctive and entertaining tuition.
He led an active life, too. A lifelong member of Ladybank golf club, he was captain from 1991 to 1992. He also enjoyed fishing, skiing (one of many legacies of the Canada years), and squash, and in his retirement travelled extensively with Rosemary and their friends.
A resident of Newport-on-Tay for more than 40 years, my father will be remembered by many as a quick wit, a lover of laughter and music, and a lively teller of stories – of which he had an inexhaustible fund. A devoted father and grandfather, he called himself “the great provider”, tongue only slightly in cheek.
Lindsay is survived by Rosemary, by my sister, Fiona, and me, and by his grandchildren, Callum, Kyla, Cora and Gregor.