Paul Bateman devoted a large part of his mathematical life to the AMS. The first recorded instance of his service to the Society, found in [e1], is as a member of the organizing committee of the Number Theory Summer Institute held at the University of Colorado in 1959.’s excellent history
Bateman was appointed to several other AMS positions, including the organizing committee for the Summer Institute on Number Theory held at SUNY at Stony Brook in 1969. These summer institutes were research conferences developed by the AMS Council, and were influential in the development of number theory. Bateman also served on the organizing committee of the 1974 symposium “Mathematical developments arising from the Hilbert Problems,” held at Northern Illinois University, and he was a member of the committee that selected Berkeley, California, as the site for the 1986 International Congress of Mathematicians.
Bateman began his participation in the governance of the AMS when he joined the Council as an elected member-at-large for the period 1961–63. He was then elected as an associate secretary of its West-Central Section, beginning in 1967 and continuing for 15 years. There are four sections of the Society, each with an associate secretary who manages the two meetings a year in that section. Responsibilities of the position include locating a meeting site, finding local people to help with the organization, and seeing that speakers have been selected for the meeting.
This position is very time-consuming and the work often intense, with little help from the Society’s Providence office. Associate secretaries had full AMS Council membership during Bateman’s time in office. In addition, they, together with the secretary, comprised the editorial committee of the Society’s Abstracts journal. Also, each associate secretary is responsible, on a rotating basis, for the organization of the program for the annual meeting. Bateman did an excellent job as associate secretary.
Bateman was elected to the Society’s Board of Trustees and served from January 1971 to December 1975. Then, he was appointed to the Mathematical Reviews Editorial Committee, serving from January 1977 to December 1982.
Finally, from February 1993 until January 1994 he served together with several others, including me, planning special events for the Annual Meeting in January 1994, which had been carefully calculated as the 100th annual meeting of the Society. The celebration was a great event [e2].
Bateman served the Society during difficult times; it was moving into the digital era, and there was much concern about the costs, particularly for the Math Reviews. Bateman was attuned to all of the problems, and he helped develop solutions. His service was valuable to the Society and to the entire mathematical community.
As a personal footnote, at the time Bateman was relinquishing his position as associate secretary, he asked me if I would be willing to run for the position. I did not hesitate to do so. I served in that position from 1983 until I was “elevated” to the secretary position. So I have Paul Bateman to thank for mentoring me and making it possible to serve the mathematical community.