Published April 18, 2013
James F. Reineck, longtime professor of mathematics, died on April 13 in his home in Pendleton after a long illness. He was 55.
Reineck joined the UB faculty as an assistant professor in 1987 after working at Northwestern University for two years. Promoted to full professor in 2002, he served as director of graduate studies from 1999 to 2004 and continued teaching until February.
His research interest was in dynamical systems, particularly the theory and applications of the Conley Index.
Born in Detroit, Reineck received a bachelor’s degree in math and physics from Kalamazoo College in 1979. Named a Fulbright Scholar the following year, he studied in Bonn, Germany. He earned his doctorate from the University of Wisconsin in 1985.
A member of the American Math Society and lifelong avid bridge player, Reineck traveled extensively and was fluent in German.
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