Norman Severo

Published September 13, 2019

Norman Severo, professor emeritus of statistics, died Sept. 2 at age 91.

Severo received his bachelor's degree from UB and his master's and doctorate in mathematics from what is now Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.

He was awarded a Fulbright grant in the late 1950s to research mathematical statistics and probability at the University of Stockholm in Sweden.

He joined the faculty at UB in 1961 and served as chair of the Department of Statistics for several years. He also served as a visiting professor at Cornell University and the University of Campinas in Brazil.

His major research areas included stochastic theory of epidemics and fluctuation theory.

In 1994, Severo was elected as a fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics. He was also a fellow of the American Statistical Association and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and an elected member of the International Statistical Institute.