About Albert Herr
Al was born on March 9, 1935. He enrolled as a freshman at Drexel Institute of Technology in 1952 and received a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering in 1957. He also received a Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering from Drexel in 1966. In between, he was a mathematics teacher at Jenkintown High School from 1962 to 1964.
Beginning in the summer of 1957, Al began his long professional association with Drexel University and the Department of Mathematics, first as a part-time instructor and then as a tenure-track faculty member in 1970. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 1979 and to full Professor in 1988. In 1989, he became Assistant Department Head, a position he retained until his early retirement in 1993.
During his tenure within the department he quickly established himself as the definitive calculus lecturer, receiving the Outstanding Educator Award from Beta Nu Fraternity in 1967, the Lindback Award for Outstanding Teaching in 1972, and the Educator of the Year Award from the Inter-fraternity Association in 1981. While serving as assistant department head Al received the "Thank You" award from the International Student Committee in 1989 and the College of Science award for Outstanding Dedication to Students in 1990. In 1971 he coauthored a textbook, "Calculus with Analytic Geometry," with Ralph Crouch and Dottie Sasin.
After his retirement from Drexel in 1993, Al continued working, using his wide expertise in the teaching of calculus to collaborate with Howard Anton in what is the preeminent calculus textbook in the country.
Al passed away on January 4, 1995, at the age of 59.
Albert Herr's graduation picture in the Lexard for his B.S.E.E.
Departmental photo in the Lexard.
Photo taken by Nira Herrmann.