Memorial service for Dr. Wiener Oct. 9
Posted: 10/01/2001
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The University of Texas-Pan American will conduct a memorial service honoring Dr. Joseph Wiener Oct. 9 at 4 p.m. in the Student Union Theater.

Wiener, 62, a world-renowned mathematician, honored teacher and devoted family man, died Aug. 27 in an automobile accident. Faculty, staff, students and the public are invited to the memorial service.

Dr. Joseph Wiener, 62, was a world-renowned mathematician. He died Aug. 27 after being involved in a traffic accident in Edinburg.

Wiener received a Ph.D. in mathematics at the University of Leningrad in 1964. He immigrated to the United States in November 1978 with his wife, Bella, and two children and was a UTPA mathematics professor from 1979 till his death.

His research interests spanned the areas of differential equations, generalized functions, hybrid dynamical systems and mathematical modeling. He wrote more than 150 articles and four books, served on editorial boards of three journals and received three University Distinguished Faculty awards.

In 23 years at UTPA, Wiener attracted international attention by his legendary research, inspired hundreds of students with his infectious enthusiasm and encouraged colleagues with his vision and kindness.



In all external grace you have some part,
But you like none, none you, for constant heart.
Shakespeare, Sonnet 53

And other strains of woe, which now seem woe,
Compared with loss of thee will not seem so.
Shakespeare, Sonnet 90

One month has passed since that terrible day in which a tragic, cruel and senseless accident took your life and deprived us of your living and loving presence.

We wish to express to you and to the world our feelings of terrible grief over this painful loss. We have been deprived of you, and the world has become a grimmer, unhappier place since you left. We feel that you had so much more to contribute to humanity, just as you have always done. We miss your presence, laughter, generosity, dignity, wisdom and goodness. We even miss the difficult times.

We shall grieve for you and honor you on this day and on each day to come. Today, we remember you once more, as you always were, and we vow that you will live in our memories, in our everyday lives, in our words and deeds. You will always inspire us, because your life and presence were a source of wonder and continuous inspiration to your family. We know that you will be there for us to keep us strong, wise, kind and loving, just as you would have wanted us to be.

We take this opportunity to thank the hundreds of friends, family members, students, colleagues, the Administration of The University of Texas-Pan American, the Department of Mathematics, and each of you for the outpouring of love, support, and generosity expressed in word and deed, in cards, flowers, gracious tokens of food and sympathies, through generous contributions to the Joseph Wiener Memorial Scholarship for Mathematics at The University of Texas-Pan American.

Joseph Wiener deserves to be honored and remembered in this respectful and loving way, and we reach out with deepest gratitude and appreciation to each of you whose life has been touched by his presence.

Bella Wiener
Edward Wiener
Lilia, Didier and Juliette Jolibois

Donations to the Joseph Wiener Memorial Scholarship in Mathematics can be made online at