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Al-Moez Iqbal Alimohamed ’89

Al-Moez Iqbal Alimohamed ’89, August 29, 1994, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, from a gunshot wound sustained during a mugging. He was attending the University of Pennsylvania as a doctoral candidate in mathematics. After graduating from Reed, he spent one year as a graduate student and teaching assistant at Portland State before transferring to the University of Pennsylvania. As a teaching assistant at the university, he received many departmental awards for his excellent teaching, described as “inspiring” by many of his students. In July 1993 he was invited to participate in the highly competitive International Summer School in Logic for Computer Science, held in Chambery, France, and sponsored by the European Union. His research work concentrated on the mathematical foundations of programming structures. He had recently received a graduate fellowship from the Institute for Research and Cognitive Science, sponsored by the National Science Foundation, which would have enabled him to concentrate fully on his research. His first major research paper was nearing completion at the time of his death, and he had planned to submit it to a leading research conference to be held in Edinburgh in 1995. He was scheduled to deliver a presentation on his research at the North American Jumelage Conference on Type Systems in Ottowa, Canada, on October 10, his first presentation at an international conference. An article in the University of Pennsylvania Almanac, written collaboratively by three mathematics professors, remembered him both for his outstanding and significant research work and teaching, and for his friendly and outgoing personality. He is survived by his parents, a brother, and a sister.

Appeared in Reed magazine: November 1994

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