Haas, Andrew R. GUILDERLAND Andrew R. Haas, 57, of Guilderland, passed away on Wednesday, January 23, 2013, at the Albany Medical Center after being stricken with a brain aneurysm on Tuesday. Andrew was born in the Bronx, and raised in Kings Park, Fairfax County, Va. He was a graduate of Yale University, and earned a doctoral degree at the University of Rochester. He was employed for seven years by BB&N Computer Research in Cambridge, Mass., and then until his death as a professor of computer science at the University at Albany. His passion within computer science was the study of artificial intelligence. Andy was a dedicated practitioner of Buddhist meditation, and carefully observed the change of seasons and constellations. He savored books, ranging from "Have Space Suit -Will Travel" to "The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire." Andrew is survived by his wife, Jo-Ann Russo Haas; his daughter, Katherine Eliza Haas of Manhattan; his parents, Mary Downey Haas of Westminster, Md., and Francis G. Haas of Springfield, Va.; his brother, Daniel J. Haas of Copake; his sister, Jeanne Marie Butterworth (Stewart) of Upperco, Md., and by many aunts, uncles, and cousins. Andy loved and was devoted to his wife, daughter, family, and friends. Funeral services will be held in the Hans Funeral Home, 1088 Western Ave., Albany, Sunday, January 27, 2013 at 4 p.m. Relatives and friends are invited, and may call at the funeral home on Sunday after 2 p.m. The family suggests memorial contributions to the Shambhala Meditation Center of Albany, 747 Madison Ave., Albany, NY 12208. To leave a message of condolence for the family, send a sympathy card, or obtain directions to the funeral home, please visit HansFuneralHome.com
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Published in Albany Times Union from Jan. 26 to Jan. 27, 2013