Professor Christoph J. Neugebauer of Purdue University was a tremendous mentor and example both within the field of mathematics and otherwise.
Here is a brief history:
Christoph J. Neugebauer was born April 21, 1927, in Dessau, Germany, to the late Franz and Emilie Leiberich Neugebauer. In a fascinating story that is too long to describe here, he immigrated to the United States in 1947 following World War II. After finishing college at the University of Dayton, he received his PhD in Mathematics from The Ohio State University in 1954 under the direction of professor Earl John Mickle. He then became a professor in the Department of Mathematics at Purdue University. Except for various sabbaticals which included tours at The Institute for Advanced Study and the University of Maryland, Professor Neugebauer remained at Purdue for his entire career of 56 years. He retired at the age of 83 as Professor Emeritus.
Professor Neugebauer published more that 70 research papers and made major contributions to the fields of Harmonic Analysis and Differentiation Theory. Post-retirement, he remained active as a mathematician and his most recent paper titled “Two Weight Orlicz Type Integral Inequalities for the Maximal Operator” was accepted for publication just two weeks before his death.
On August 30, 1958 Professor Neugebauer married Helen Hurych in North Plainfield, NJ. The Neugebauers had three daughters: Ann Marie Ackermann (husband Dieter) who now lives in Germany, Kathleen Neugebauer who resides in Maryland, and Jacqueline Klinker (husband Ron) of Indiana.
The professor was preceded in death by a sister, Gisela Woltermann and a younger brother, Constantine Neugebauer. He is survived by his other two younger brothers: Gerald Neugebauer (wife Margaret) of Albany, NY, and Wendell Neugebauer (wife Sheila) of Ballston Spa, NY. He had two grandsons, Alexander and Dennis Ackermann. Helen Neugebauer died April 7, 2006.
As a teacher and scholar, Professor Neugebauer was known for his clear lecturing style, his profound knowledge, and his excitement for mathematics. He impressed many with his uncanny ability to deliver flawless and perfectly timed lectures without using any notes for reference.
The professor was a member of St. Thomas Aquinas Center, American Mathematical Society, United States Chess Federation and Brant Beach Yacht Club. Dr. Neugebauer was an avid tennis player, enjoyed playing chess and racing sailboats. The professor died at 8:40 AM Monday, Aug. 27, 2012 in Lafayette, IN.