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Julius Wiesenfeld

Mathematics Faculty

TO:  All Faculty and Staff Members
FROM:  Clifford G. McCollum, Dean
DATE:  26 November 1979

Professor Julius Wiesenfeld of the Department of Mathematics died at 4:00 P.M., Sunday, 25 November 1979, at Sartori Hospital.

Professor Wiesenfeld was born in New York City, 14 February 1913.  He received his B. S. degree from Roosevelt University, Chicago, in 1953, and his M. S. from University of Chicago in 1957.  He had done additional study at University of California, Santa Barbara, and at Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri.

He served in the United States Army Air Forces during World War II, 1944-46.  He worked in a steel mill of Republic Steel Corporation as a member of a shear crew from 1946 to 1951.  He taught at the Harvard School for Boys of the University of Chicago from 1957 to 1963.  He joined the mathematics faculty of the University of Northern Iowa (State College of Iowa) at the beginning of the 1963 fall semester.

Professor Wiesenfeld had special interests in the history and philosophy of mathematics.  He was regarded by many as an expert in labor history.  He was very active in civil rights work, anti-war programs, and unionism.  During his residence in Cedar Falls, he served for a time as President of the Black Hawk County Union Council.

Memorial services will be held Sunday, 2 December, 1:00-3:30 p.m., at the International Association of Machinists Hall, 1346 Airline Highway, Waterloo.

Those wishing to contribute memorial gifts should send them, at the request of the family, to the Leukemia and Cancer Research Fund, % Dr. C. P. Burns, Division of Hematology, University Hospitals, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa 52242.


Julius Wiesenfeld, 66, UNI professor of mathematics and a noted union and civil rights advocate, died of cancer last Sunday.

During his sixteen years at UNI, Wiesenfeld was much respected for his broad knowledge outside his field, his clear thinking, and his compassionate sense of humor.  He was one of the principal organizers of the UNI chapter of the American Federation of Teachers, and maintained close ties with labor leaders on both the federal and local levels.

Wiesenfeld served several years as president of the Black Hawk County Labor Council.  Colleagues regarded him as an expert on labor history and political theory and consulted with him frequently.

Wiesenfeld was also one of the finest and foremost UNI opponents of the war in Viet Nam.  As a delegate to the State Democratic Convention in 1968 and 1972, he argued forcefully for a general amnesty for draft resisters and deserters in Vietnam.  UNI has lost a remarkable man.  His warm laughter was as deep and full as his social conscience.  Cynicism, with its low esteem for humanity, never touched him.  Nature seldom endows one person with such a combination of great intellect, forceful character, high ethical standards, and gentle humor as was evident in Wiesenfeld.  We are poorer for his passing.

Julius is survived by his wife Sally, his son Martin, his daughter Dianne, and his two grandsons, Joshua and Benjamin.  The family requests that in lieu of flowers, contributions made to the Leukemia and Cancer Research Fund, c/o Dr. C. P. Burns, Division of Hematology, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa 52242.

A memorial meeting will be held at the International Association of Machinists' Hall, 1346 Airline Highway, Waterloo, on Sunday at 1 p.m.

Northern Iowan, November 30, 1979

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