WELS, Austria, and ORONO – Dr. Oskar Feichtinger, Ph.D., passed away Sept. 5, 2011. Oskar was born Oct. 3, 1933, in Arnstadt, Germany, and immigrated to the U.S. as a high school student in the early 1950s.
He then joined the U.S. Marine Corps, attaining the rank of sergeant. While a Marine he married Billie Backus of Superior, Wis., and becoming a U.S. citizen. After the Marine Corps, he attended school, earning degrees and teaching mathematics at the University of Wisconsin – Superior; University of Nebraska – Lincoln; Oregon State University – Corvallis; State University of New York – Fredonia; Montana State University – Bozeman; and for 27 years he was a professor of statistics at the University of Maine, Orono. Oskar also taught for two years at the American University, Cairo, while on sabbatical from the University of Maine. Oskar traveled extensively throughout his life and was always active in running, tennis, cross-country and downhill skiing, swimming and golf. He also played violin and viola throughout his life, playing for orchestras in all the towns in which he lived and for 27 years with Bangor Symphony Orchestra.
Oskar was predeceased by his parents, "Opa and Oma" Feichtinger; and brothers, Peter and Martin. He is survived by his beloved wife, Evi of Wels, Austria; his son, Ozzie and daughter-in-law, Eliane, of Orono; Ozzie’s mother, Billie Lambert of Algoma; sister-in-law, Erma Feitinger of Colorado; nieces, nephews and friends.