Algy Howe

It is with great sadness that we bring to you the news of the sudden passing of Algy Howe, at the age of 79.

Algy was the Society’s Treasurer between 1994 and 2019, and an Honorary Member of AustMS in recognition of his many years of exceptional service.

Algy was born on the third of August 1942, and grew up in Guyra, NSW. He attended Armidale High School, before commencing his undergraduate studies at the University of New England in 1960. Algy completed his BSc Honours degree at UNE in 1963 and moved to the ANU in 1964 to undertake his doctoral degree in mathematics under the supervision of Andrew Coppel.

Following the successful completion of his PhD, specialising in differential equations, he took up a temporary lectureship at the University of Queensland in early 1967. Later in the year he commenced a two-year postdoctoral position at Brown University in the United States. In August 1969, Algy commenced his appointment as Lecturer in the Department of Pure Mathematics, in the Faculty of Arts at ANU, under the Headship of Hanna Neumann. He subsequently remained at ANU throughout the rest of his career.

Algy unexpectedly passed away on 21 December, and will be deeply missed by all of those in our community who have had the pleasure of knowing him.

The Society wishes to expresses its condolences to his wife Maisie and children Marc and Melissa.

The family will hold a private farewell with just the immediate family prior to the New Year.

They will be holding a memorial event at the ANU mid to late January. Details will be confirmed in the coming weeks.

Please note, the family are also gathering personal messages for Algy that they will place with him on the day of his cremation before the New Year.  

If you would like to convey a personal message to Algy, please email it to prior to 30 December.

In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer donations be made to .

Deborah Jackson

Neil Trudinger

Ole Warnaar