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Albert Heins
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Albert E. Heins, Professor Emeritus of Mathematics at the University, died at the age of 79 on June 24, 1992, after an illness of four months.

Professor Heins joined the Mathematics Department in 1959, after previous appointments at Purdue University, at the Radiation Laboratory of MIT during World War II, and at Carnegie Institute of Technology. He was a native of Boston and received his Ph.D. at MIT. He held a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1953-1954 and had numerous invitations to lecture and to participate in conferences, especially in Europe. His special field dealt with integral equations and their application to wave and radiation phenomena. He was considered a fine teacher and had two doctoral students. For many years he was a consultant to Mathematical Reviews, the leading abstracting journal for mathematics, based in Ann Arbor.

He and his wife Miriam were ardent walkers, and they often passed our home in Ann Arbor, moving at great speed. It was a great blow to them both when, apparently because of a minor misstep, he could not continue to walk. Gradually the true cause revealed itself as a grave illness. He bore the subsequent complications with remarkable poise and calmness, showing admirable character.

His passing represents a serious loss to our University community and to mathematics.

Besides his wife, Professor Heins is survived by two brothers (one also a renowned mathematician), a daughter and two grandchildren.

Wilfred Kaplan