Alfred Hubler


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URBANA – Alfred Wilhelm Hubler passed away on Saturday (Jan. 27, 2018) in Urbana, surrounded by his whole family. He lived life to the fullest, even through the four years of his diagnosis with lymphoma.

Memorial services will be at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018, at Renner-Wikoff Chapel and Crematory, 1900 Philo Road, Urbana. In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, please donate to Campus Middle School for Girls in Urbana.

Alfred was born on May 16, 1957, in Munich, Germany, to Wilhelm and Therese (Kammerloher) Hubler. He shared his early life with his brother, Walter Hubler. He met Marietta (Deutscher) Hubler at the age of 16, and they were married seven years later.

He earned his Ph.D. from the Technical University of Munich. After the birth of their first three daughters, Alfred moved his family from Germany to Illinois to become assistant professor in physics at the University of Illinois. Alfred and Marietta established a home in Urbana, and welcomed three more daughters.

After spending summers as a visiting scholar at the Santa Fe Institute, they broke ground to build a summer home in New Mexico. His life was punctuated by a yearlong sabbatical in Japan, his daughters' many milestones and accomplishments, adventurous family vacations, and a network of deep friendships.

His proudest achievement is his family, and he was grateful to spend his last Christmas with his two young grandchildren. He loved to teach, and shared his passion for math and physics by teaching his daughters and volunteering in the community.

As a professor, Alfred was consistently recognized for his excellence in teaching. Alfred's delight in creative thought laid the foundation for a long career in research. He was the director for the Center of Complex Systems, editor for the Journal of Complexity, published on a broad range of topics, and was granted four patents. He developed a software program called CyberProf that helps students learn math with individualized feedback. He maintained a growing list of unique research ideas, for example, designing wireless power for cars, and an ultra-powerful battery.

Alfred had an adventurous spirit; he was unrelentingly optimistic and could see profound beauty in the simple moments. On any given day, when asked how he was, Alfred was known to respond "too good" - with a twinkle in his eye. His spirit will be carried in the hearts of his family, friends and students.

Alfred will be dearly missed by his wife, Marietta (Deutscher) Hubler; his six daughters, Ines (Hubler) Mitra, Mija Hubler, Merla Hubler, Thera Hubler, Zita Hubler and Amrei Hubler; his sons-in-law, Sumit Mitra, Keven Wyld and Anthony Messina; his two grandchildren, Clara Wyld and Leo Mitra; and his brother and sister-in-law, Walter and Gabi Hubler, and their children, Florian Hubler, Jakob Hubler and Caroline Hubler.

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