Tadeusz H. Leser, 91, a research mathematician

April 04, 2000|By Jacques Kelly | Jacques Kelly,SUN STAFF

Tadeusz H. Leser, a retired research mathematician, died March 28 of cancer at his Bel Air home. He was 91.

He worked for the Army's Ballistics Research Laboratory at Aberdeen Proving Ground for nearly 20 years until he retired in 1973.

He published 15 research papers and wrote hundreds of reviews of scientific literature while at Aberdeen.

Born in Lwow, Poland, he graduated in 1930 with full honors from the Warsaw Military College. In 1935, he began his studies at Warsaw Polytechnic Institute, where he received his master of science degree in engineering. He received his doctorate in mathematics in 1947 at the University of London's Imperial College of Science.

When World War II broke out, his armored cavalry unit was decimated by German and Russian forces. He escaped in disguise and lived in the Soviet-occupied section of Poland before making his way to Norway. From there, he was transported to England, where he rejoined remnants of the Polish army.

His unit participated in the 1940 French campaign and, after the Battle of Dunkirk, he was again evacuated to England. There, he was reunited with Polish forces. At the time of his discharge, he had earned the rank of major.

He came to the United States in the 1940s and taught at Emory & Henry College in Emory, Va., and at the University of Kentucky. He joined the Ballistics Research Lab in 1954.

In 1958, he was named chief of the computing laboratory's analysis branch.

He returned to Poland in 1980 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of his commission as a second lieutenant in the Polish army.

His wife of nearly 50 years, the former Grace Batten, died in 1994.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Broadway and North Main Street, Bel Air.

Dr. Leser leaves no immediate survivors.

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