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May 31, 1957 – April 13, 2013

James F. Reineck, Ph.D., a mathematics professor at the University at Buffalo, died Saturday in his home in Pendleton after a lengthy illness. He was 55.

Born in Detroit, he received his bachelor’s degree 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.

After two years as an assistant professor at Northwestern University, Dr. Reineck came to UB in 1987 as an assistant professor and became a full professor in 2002. He was director of graduate studies from 1999 to 2004 and continued teaching until February.

On his website, he noted that his research interest was dynamical systems, particularly the theory and applications of the Conley Index, which was developed by a University of Wisconsin mathematician.

Dr. Reineck was a member of the American Math Society and a lifelong avid bridge player.

He traveled extensively and was fluent in German.

Surviving are his wife of 17 years, the former Hilde Braathen; twin daughters, Sonja Mathea and Maria Louise; his mother, Martha; and a brother, Kurt.

Services will be private.