With great sorrow we announce the passing of Professor Emeritus John Horváth on March 12, 2015 at the age of 90. Horváth was always the "gentleman scholar" of the department, and his distinguished career spanned the whole transition from the early years of analysis in the first half of the 20th century to modern mathematics as we know it today. He studied under the great masters L. Fejer and F. Riesz at the University of Budapest, completing his Ph.D. there in 1947. He held positions at CNRS in Paris and at the Universidad de los Andes in Bogota before settling at Maryland in 1957. You can read some of his reminiscences of the early years of our department here. Horváth served for 15 years as an associate editor of the Journal of Mathematical Analysis and Applications. He officially retired from Maryland in 1994. However he remained quite active and continued publishing up until very recently. Horváth published in English, French, German, Hungarian, and Spanish. In 1998, he was elected to the Mathematics Section of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, and he also received an honorary doctoral degree from the Universidad de los Andes in Colombia in 1997. Among his many works are a textbook Topological Vector Spaces and Distributions (1966, recently reissued with the cover shown below), a nice Introduction to Distribution Theory in the American Mathematical Monthly, 1970, and a two-volume work A panorama of Hungarian mathematics in the twentieth century (cover shown below), which he edited for the Bolyai Mathematical Society in 2006.
Below is a letter sent by the president of the Universidad de los Andes to President Low about Professor Horvath.