Obituary for MAYER

Published in the Albuquerque Journal on Sunday April 21, 2013

MAYER, JOHANNES Age 53, of Albuquerque, died during the evening of March 29, 2013 at his home. He was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico on March 23, 1960, and later raised in Laramie, Wyoming and Annville, Pennsylvania. He worked as a telecommunications specialist, a programmer analyst, and as an applied mathematician. His education included a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics from Lebanon Valley College in Annville, Pennsylvania awarded in 1981, and two years of graduate studies in mathematics at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa completed in 1983. He is survived by his son Alexander of Erie, Pennsylvania; daughter Tatiana Spencer of Niles, Ohio; brothers Fred Mayer of Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Mark Mayer of Brattleboro, Vermont; his sister Agnes Mikijaniec of Brattleboro, Vermont; and his step-mother Heidrun Mayer of Brattleboro, Vermont. A private family memorial will be held this spring. Johannes, always called Hans by those he knew, had a brilliant mind and was widely admired for his ability to rapidly solve highly technical problems in a variety of domains. As a child he thrashed his brothers in countless games of chess. He was also a gifted astronomer, and recently fell in love with the glorious, star-strewn skies above Taos, New Mexico. During recent months he gave a sublime gift to his older brother by conveying the conceptual geometry required to build software capable of calculating sky coordinates of our Sun's yearly analemma for observers located anywhere on Earth. He suffered many hard setbacks during his life including the loss of his ex-wife, mother, and younger brother Nicholas. His own personal struggles lasted for many years and ultimately led to his untimely passing. His suffering has ended. May he rest in peace forever.