Horace Komm, 96, a former professor and chairman of the mathematics department at Howard University, died of sepsis Feb. 19 at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda.

His son Ted Komm confirmed his death.

Dr. Komm joined the Howard faculty in 1962 and retired in 1987. He was a Bethesda resident.

Horace Komm was born in Kharkov, in what is now Ukraine. In 1925, he immigrated with his family to Buffalo. He graduated from what is now the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1937 and received a doctorate in mathematics from the University of Michigan in 1943.

Before joining Howard, he was an aeronautics designer at Curtiss-Wright Co. in Columbus, Ohio, and a mathematics teacher at the University of Rochester in New York, the University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn., and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y.

In 1952, he founded Graylock Press, a Baltimore-based publisher of English translations of works by leading Russian and German mathematicians. With two colleagues, he translated and published 19 volumes.

His wife of 55 years, Asya Dohn Komm, died in 2002. Survivors include three children, Stephen Komm of Upper Darby, Pa., Laura Richardson of Rockville and Dr. Gregory ‘Ted’ Komm of Bethesda; and five grandchildren.

— Bart Barnes