KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The body of Yudell L. Luke, an internationally known mathematician from the University of Missouri-Kansas City who died in the Soviet Union, will be returned to the United States this week.
The State Department notified the family of Luke's death by telegram Saturday.
The family asked the office of Sen. Thomas Eagleton, D-Mo., for assistance in determining the cause of death.
A spokesman for Eagleton's office said Monday there had been no word from the Soviet government yet, but there was no reason to expect any wrongdoing in Luke's death.
He died at Riga, Latvia, near the Baltic Sea, the spokesman said.
The body of the 64-year-old mathematician is to be returned to the United States in the next two to five days, the senator's office said.
Luke was appointed a curator's professor in 1978 and was acting director of the university's computer science department. He wrote five books, more than 100 articles and more than 1,500 reviews, many on aerodynamics.
He also performed research for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the National Science Foundation, the Air Force, the Navy, the National Bureau of Standards and the former Atomic Energy Commission.
Luke was one of two University of Missouri professors to take part in an exchange with Moscow State University.