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Harald A.T.O. Reiche

Reiche authored and co-authored several books and articles on classical history and thought. His main interest was Greek cosmology and astronomy, and he wrote and lectured widely on this subject.

In 1955 Reiche came to MIT when he was appointed assistant professor of classics and philosophy. In this position, he helped organize, design, and teach the introductory humanities program. He also taught electives in Greek philosophy and language, ancient history, and Roman political thought. He became associate professor in 1960, full professor in 1966, and retired in 1991.

Some former students probably best remember Reiche as house master of Baker House. He and his wife were the faculty residents from 1980 to 1990. They hosted Sunday evening suppers and symposia famous among students for good food and stimulating conversation.

Born in Germany in 1922, Reiche studied in Switzerland before coming to the United States where he attended Phillips Academy. After serving in the U.S. Army during World War II, he received the AB degree in classics from Harvard University in 1943. He continued his education at Harvard and received an AM degree in 1944 and a PhD in 1955.

When he was first at MIT, Reiche held a Carnegie Fellowship in humanities. He later held a Guggenheim Fellowship in Athens and a Ford Foundation visiting professorship at the Technical University of Berlin. For many years he also lectured humanities and philosophy courses at Suffolk University.

Reiche is survived by his wife, Irene Vojenko Reiche of Boston; a son, Christopher Reiche of Arlington; three daughters, Elizabeth Riddle of Syracuse, NY, Katharine Bigel of Seattle, WA, and Victoria Reiche of Geneva, Switzerland, and three grandsons.

Remembrances may be made to the Baker House Fund, c/o Treasurer's Office, 238 Main St., Suite 200, Cambridge 02142.