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University. A respected men-
tor and researcher, Stefanski Karl Peace Publishes
is known internationally for
his work in measurement
error models. His method
Autobiography:
of simulation extrapolation
(SIMEX) is widely used,
and he is an author of the
Paid in Full
book Measurement Error in
Nonlinear Models, published
in 1995. A second edition of
this widely used publication,
titled Measurement Error in
Nonlinear Models: A Modern
K
arl Peace grew up on tenant farms in
Southwest Georgia, the son of hard-
scrabble, sharecropper parents who had
Perspective, was released
five years of formal education between them.
in 2005. He is a Fellow of
Despite seemingly insurmountable obstacles—
the American Statistical
intense poverty, physical and mental abuse, and
Association and editor of
a father that denied paternity—Peace defied Karl Peace and his
the Journal of the American
incredible odds to rise above the circumstances
book, Paid in Full
Statistical Association, Theory
of his birth. A high-school mathematics instruc-
and Methods Section.
tor and principal, who assisted Peace in borrow-
Stefanski joined the North
ing $532 to prepay his first two quarters in col-
Carolina State University
lege, was instrumental in helping develop Peace’s
Department of Statistics as an
interest in mathematics so he would become the
assistant professor in 1986.
first in his family to earn a college degree, which
He was promoted to associate
he accomplished while holding down seven part-
professor in 1989 and became
time jobs.
a full professor in 1994. He
While his mother was suffering from breast

His autobiography is a story
has served as codirector of the
cancer and being subjected to abuse from her
of adversity, determination,
graduate program and is a key
husband, Peace returned to his native Baker
achievement, philanthropy, love,
member of the department’s
County and moved his mother and siblings to
Statesboro, Georgia, where he provided a home
and loss—a triumph of human
National Science Foundation
VIGRE (Vertical Integration
for them. After earning the master’s in mathemat-
will over circumstance
of Research and Education)
ics from Clemson University, he earned his PhD
(while working full time) in biostatistics from the

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program, which has become
a national model for the
Medical College of Virginia and devoted several
comprehensive education
years to classroom instruction in the mathematical sciences at colleges and universities.
of statisticians and training
Peace later held high-level positions within several of the country’s largest pharmaceutical
future problemsolvers. He
firms. Prior to returning to his undergraduate alma mater—Georgia Southern University in
also serves as the associate
Statesboro—to develop programs in biostatistics and public health, he operated his own suc-
head of the department.
cessful pharmaceutical research and consulting firm in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Stefanski earned his bach-
Before his wife’s untimely death from metastatic breast cancer in February of 2004, his
elor’s in mathematics and
professional and business success allowed him to endow the first College of Public Health
statistics from the University
in the University of Georgia System, the Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health. He
of Connecticut and his mas-
also funded 21 other endowments at Georgia Southern, the Medical College of Virginia,
ter’s and PhD in statistics
the University of California at Berkeley, Randolph-Macon College, and the International
from The University of North
Chinese Statistical Association.
Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Paid in Full is the story of a child who came of age on a Georgia tenant farm in the 1950s.
The Drexel Professorship
It also follows Peace’s journey from sharecropping to university classrooms and the upper ranks
was created in 1968 by a
of the pharmaceutical industry’s boardrooms prior to returning to the university to establish a
corporate gift from Drexel
college of public health. His autobiography is a story of adversity, determination, achievement,
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philanthropy, love, and loss—a triumph of human will over circumstance.
is now part of the company
Proceeds from sales go toward supporting programs in the Jiann-Ping Hsu College of
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Public Health. ■
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