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Transue, professor emeritus of math, dies at 94

William R. Transue, professor emeritus of mathematics, died Feb. 3 at age 94. He was a professor at Binghamton from 1966 until his retirement in 1983.

Within mathematics, Transue’s area of specialization was analysis.

Transue, who received his PhD at Lehigh University in 1942, spent academic years abroad in Pavia and in Bordeaux, where he met his wife, Monique. Well known in Binghamton circles, she died in 2005.

In 1942, Transue spent the academic year at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton as assistant to the Marston Morse, known for his work during the war years with the Office of the Chief of Ordnance dealing with problems in applied mathematics arising from ballistics issues. Transue joined Morse, working with the ordnance office the following year, and after the war returned to his academic career at Kenyon College. A leave of absence in 1948-49, spent as Morse’s assistant in Princeton, led to extensive collaboration and 20 papers, jointly written with Morse, were published — three of them in the prestigious Annals of Mathematics.

In a published reminiscence, Transue wrote: “Several years later we undertook the study of integral representation of bilinear functionals and allied topics which continued for some years. I spent one full year at the Institute and many summers with him [Morse] at various places — Princeton, Cape Cod, Maine.”

In 1966, then Mathematics Department Chair Allen Ziebur recruited Transue to Binghamton, just two years before the formal start of Binghamton’s PhD program in mathematics. Transue remained a respected teacher and faculty member at Binghamton for the rest of his career.

Recalling his colleague, Ross Geoghegan, professor of mathematics, said, “Particularly memorable was Bill Transue’s gentle and courtly manner at all times.”

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Last Updated: 10/14/08