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William M. Huebsch, 77, a professor emeritus of mathematics at Canisius College, died Friday (Dec. 24, 1999) in Buffalo General Hospital after a battle with cancer.

Huebsch spent a portion of his childhood in Perrysburg before returning to Buffalo's East Side in 1930. He was a 1939 graduate of Masten Park High School and earned a bachelor's degree in mathematics and physics from Canisius in 1943.

He served in the South Pacific as a civilian and then as a member of the U.S. Army during World War II before returning to the United States to earn his doctorate in mathematics from the University of Notre Dame. Huebsch taught at Notre Dame and Case Western Reserve in Cleveland in addition to spending several years at the Institute for Advanced Studies at Princeton. While at the institute, he collaborated with eminent mathematicians such as Marston Morse, with whom he wrote a dozen research papers.

In 1966, Huebsch returned to Buffalo and accepted a professorship at Canisius. He served on several college committees and was a chairman of the mathematics department for several years. Presented with the Bene Merenti award for 20 years of service in 1986, Huebsch was named professor emeritus of mathematics upon his retirement in 1988.

Friends remembered Huebsch for his love of gardening and woodworking and his long-time interest in electronics.

Interment will be in United German and French Cemetery, Cheektowaga, following a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Christ the King Chapel on the campus of Canisius, 2001 Main St.

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