Morehouse College Mourns the Loss of Dr. Rudy Horne

Date Released: December 13, 2017

Morehouse College Mourns the Loss of Dr. Dr. Rudy Horne

Funeral Services for Dr. Rudy Horne

Funeral services have been announced for Dr. Rudy Horne, an Associate Professor of Mathematics at Morehouse College, who passed away on Tuesday in Atlanta. 

Dr. Horne, a beloved educator, was regarded as a “rock star” of math in higher education circles after his brush with fame as the math consultant for the Oscar-nominated film “Hidden Figures.” 

He will be laid to rest in Illinois. Visitation will be from 6 -9 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 22, and at 1 p.m. on Dec. 23 at Leak & Sons Funeral Homes, 18400 Pulaski Rd., Country Club Hills, Ill. The funeral will begin at 2 p.m. at Leak & Sons.

Horne, a member of the Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematicians, was hired as an Assistant Professor at Morehouse in August 2010. He was asked to serve as a math consultant for “Hidden Figures” in 2016.

It was his job to make sure that all mathematical problems used in the film were accurate and historically relevant. His handwriting covers the chalkboard in a scene in which NASA genius Katherine Johnson (played by Taraji P. Henson) solved a quadratic equation. Horne received a film credit for his work and star treatment.

He was quoted in more than two dozen stories about the film, including in interviews with insidescience.org and science.com. He was also a guest on National Public Radio’s “Closer Look.”

Following the film, Horne spoke on the national lecture circuit at math and science conventions and at special events in higher education. In June, he was a guest speaker at the 23rd annual Conference for African American Researchers in the Mathematical Sciences. In July, he was a guest speaker at the University of Washington. 

Horne received his master’s degree in Physics and Applied Mathematics from the University of Colorado Boulder. He also received his doctorate in Applied Mathematics at the university.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Horne and his family.


Morehouse Mourns Dr. Rudy Horne

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Dr. Rudy Horne, an Associate Professor of Mathematics at Morehouse College.

Dr. Horne, a beloved educator, was regarded as a “rock star” of math in higher education circles after his brush with fame as the math consultant for the Oscar-nominated film “Hidden Figures.” It was his job to make sure that all mathematical problems used in the film were accurate and historically relevant. His handwriting covers the chalkboard in a scene in which NASA genius Katherine Johnson (played by Taraji P. Henson) solved a quadratic equation (See story "Hidden Figure Behind Oscar-Nominated Film 'Hidden Figures' is a Morehouse Professor").

Horne received a film credit for his work and star treatment. He was quoted in more than two dozen stories about the film, including in interviews with insidescience.org and science.com. He was also a guest on National Public Radio’s “Closer Look.”

Following the film, Horne spoke on the national lecture circuit at math and science conventions and at special events in higher education. In June, he was a guest speaker at the 23rd annual African American Researchers in Mathematical Sciences Conference. In July, he was a guest speaker at the University of Washington.

Horne, a member of the Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematicians, was hired as an Assistant Professor at Morehouse in August 2010. He is a former Assistant Professor of Mathematics at Florida State University.

He received his master’s degree in Physics and Applied Mathematics from the University of Colorado Boulder. He also received his doctorate in Applied Mathematics at the university.

Funeral arrangements have not been made at this time. We will update you when we receive more information.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Horne and his family.


Last Modified: December 18, 2017, 11:12 AM, by: Kara Walker

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