Published on June 22nd, 2023 | by University Communications


In Memoriam – Dr. Siamack Bondari

The Saint Leo University community mourns the loss of Dr. Siamack Bondari, professor of mathematics and former chair of the Department of Mathematics & Science. Bondari, who served the university for 24 years, passed away on June 12, 2023.

Bondari enjoyed a 34-year career as a university mathematics professor. Prior to teaching at Saint Leo, Bondari taught at Iowa State University, the University of Wisconsin at Lacrosse, and Saginaw Valley State University in Michigan. At Saint Leo, he served as the chair of the Mathematics and Science department for 13 years. He also wrote and published several math textbooks and supplements used by colleges and universities throughout the United States.

Bondari was a child prodigy chess player at the early age of 5, at which time he won a game of chess against a chess grandmaster. This led to his notoriety within chess circles. As an adult, the U.S. Chess Federation rated him as a senior master.

Bondari will be remembered for his fierce integrity, unbiased leadership, and unsurpassed dedication to his colleagues and staff. “Mack” or “Dr. B” as many called him, was a humble person who never boasted about his accomplishments; he preferred to be unassuming and modest in nature. He was a man of honor and a family man, who demonstrated unconditional love for his family.

He is survived by his wife, Sabrena, and children, Sevana, Madison, Kara, and Caspian. He is also survived by his mother, Katayoon; brother, Cyrus; sister-in-law, Gail; his nieces and their spouses, Denilae and Mike Strok, Alesha and Steve Chuddy; and nephew, Andrew.

In lieu of flowers, his family is asking for donations to help provide a college education for his children. Donations may be sent in the care of Sabrena Bondari via Venmo phone number (352) 807-8015.

A memorial reception for the Saint Leo community to celebrate his life is being planned for the Fall Semester.

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