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Alfred A.H. Keil dies, ex-MIT engineering dean

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Alfred A.H. Keil, former dean of engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and one of the world's leading authorities on ocean engineering, died Wednesday. He was 88.

Keil, who suffered from Alzheimer's disease, died at the Goddard Nursing Home in Boston, according to MIT. No cause of death was given.

Born in Konradswaldau, Germany, Keil worked on the physics of underwater explosions during World War II before beginning a 20-year career with the U.S. Navy.

He arrived at MIT in 1966 to head the department of naval architecture and Marine Engineering, rising to the ranks of dean of engineering.