David Mark Goss
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Goss David Mark Goss, age 64, passed away Tuesday, April 4, 2017. Preceded in death by his parents Samuel Goss and Barbara Alter. He is survived by his wife, Rita Eppler-Goss; and children, Alyssa and Noah. David received his Ph.D. in 1977 from Harvard University. He was a professor at Princeton, Berkeley, and Brandeis before joining The Ohio State faculty in 1982 until retirement in 2013. During his tenure he served on Departmental and University Committees, and guided the Math Department as Chair and Chair of the Senate Fiscal Committee. David's research was in algebraic number theory and function fields, publishing a book, and over 40 academic papers. He served as the Editor in Chief of the Journal of Number Theory for over fifteen years. In 2012, he was named a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society and was appointed to the Emeritus Academy. He was a brilliant, quirky, wonderful, larger than life man whose love for his wife and children was unparalleled. He had a unique sense of humor and a deep, caring, and gentle attitude. He will be profoundly missed by so many whose lives he touched and the many people who loved him. Funeral service will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, April 7, 2017 at EPSTEIN MEMORIAL CHAPEL. Memorial contributions in David's memory may be made to Congregation Beth Tikvah, 6121 Olentangy River Rd., Columbus 43085; The Jewish Federation of Columbus, 1175 College Ave., Columbus 43209; or to The Ohio State University Math Dept. for a fund being established in his name. Online guestbook at www.epsteinmemorial.com


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Published by The Columbus Dispatch from Apr. 5 to Apr. 7, 2017.
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Well, after losing its stength in Arithmetic Geometry for a number of years, the Ohio State Math department seems to be rebuilding its strength in Arithmetic Geometry these days. I am sure David would have been delighted at this turn of events. It is most unfortunate he is not around to enjoy this.
Roy Joshua
Roy Joshua
Coworker
March 30, 2021
David was such a good friend to Elsevier and to me in 2012. I’ll always remember how brave he was and what a great sense of pride he had in his work and his journal. I was so distressed to learn of his passing.
Ron Mobed
Coworker
March 30, 2021
Dear Mrs. Rita, Aylissa and Noah
I am a math. instructor in University in Iran. Unfortunately today I came to know that we lost Prof. David M. Goss. I am so sad. He was my article editor in the JNT. please accept my deepest condolences.
God Bless You
Mohammad Reza Yegan
May 13, 2017
What a shock. I was a young faculty member at Michigan when David was an undergraduate. He was such a fine person, and so talented. I was about to ask him to help me with a project. From time to time, when he spotted an item in the news that he thought would interest me, he forwarded it to me. I appreciate his thoughtfulness, and miss him.
Hugh Montgomery
May 7, 2017
I'm shocked to hear of David's loss. We met at the Number Theory seminars at Ann Arbor in the 80's. I was deeply impressed by his humility and friendliness. A truly great man. I'll cherish his writings. Please accept my heartfelt condolences.
Harry D'Souza
Friend
May 6, 2017
Dear Rita and Family,

I am a friend from Princeton days. What a shocking loss, stay strong. David was special -- we could drift apart just by different paths taken, but we always met again, and it was always electric. He could engage you instantly and it was as fresh as ever. That was a gift, and a blessing for those of us around him. Our prayers are with you and the family.
Dan Burns
May 6, 2017
I was very saddened to hear to about David. I knew him briefly when he was a senior at U of Michigan. We took Montgomery's Analytic Number Theory class together. David had a great sense of humor and he was very bright. We knew he would make his mark, and he did. He will be missed.

Don Lewis thought highly of David, and he was not one to give his praise lightly.
Sidney Graham
May 3, 2017
Dear Rita and Family, I'm so sorry for your great loss.
Liz Palacios
May 1, 2017
I had David as a university leader for my STEP sophomore group at Ohio State just two years ago. He was a great guy who cared about every member of our group and always was there for support and to listen to what each of us were going through. He did all he could to help us and it is clear that he was a warm, funny, and caring man. I'm sorry that I hadn't been in touch with him since. It is a true tragedy to see him go. RIP.
Martin Lopez
April 20, 2017
David was a wonderful and extremely generous person. I am very sorry for your loss.
Bisi Agboola
April 19, 2017
Dear Mrs Goss,
I came to know the terribly sad news about David a few days ago. I didn't know David well. We never met. We only corresponded by email and spoke on the phone. But I quickly came to respect and admire him for his dedication to his work, his humanity and his humor.
It is clear he made a profound impact on many people, including me, and I hope that is of some comfort to you and the family he leaves behind.
With sympathy and best wishes,
Ron Mobed
Ron Mobed
April 17, 2017
My deepest sympathy to his family. May Almighty God grant you peace as you cope with your loss. Jer.29:11
April 17, 2017
Rita, my thoughts are with you and your family. I am very sorry. Wynne O'Brien Persons, San Rafael, CA
April 14, 2017
Dear Rita,
What a shock. I am dismayed. He was too young! There are no words of comfort that I can offer and only one of hope..Endure
Vincent
April 14, 2017
Dear Rita and Family,
Please accept my deepest condolences. David was an admirable colleague of the highest order. Sincerely yours, Ram
Ram Murty
April 14, 2017
We are so sorry to hear about the loss of David. our deepest sympathy to Rita, Noah and Alyssa and all who loved him.
marilyn ritz-rothstein
April 14, 2017
Praying for you and your family in this time of loss.
Mike Klein
April 12, 2017
Rita - I just learned of David's passing. I am so sorry. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Belinda Barnes
Belinda Barnes
April 11, 2017
Dear Rita and family,

Thank you for selflessly sharing with the mathematics community at Ohio State. Davis was always cordial and empathetic. Even in casual encounters he had a moment to exchange a few words or ideas. We all miss him.

Sincerely,

Bob Brown
April 10, 2017
Rita,
My deepest condolences to you and your family for your profound loss. I am so terribly sorry, and you are all in my prayers.
Matt Winfrey
April 10, 2017
David was my dissertation advisor and without his guidance, patience and encouragement I would not be where I am today. He will be missed and I can't thank him enough for what he did for me to be a better person, mathematician and teacher. Please accept my condolences.
Brian Snyder
April 7, 2017
Dear Rita, Noah and Aylissa,

Our deepest condolences to you and your family. Prayers to you all during this difficult time.

Sincerely,
The Zallanta's
Laura Zallanta
Classmate
April 7, 2017
Dear Rita,
I was shocked and saddened to hear of David's passing. Please accept my deepest condolences to you and your family.
Hershy Kisilevsky
April 7, 2017
Rita, you and your family are being thought of and prayed for during this time of loss. The entire Letts family extends its deepest condolences.
Noceeba Southern Letts
April 7, 2017
Rita: I'm so sorry to hear about the loss of your husband. My family's thoughts and prayers are with you and your family especially your children.

Ray
Ray Rodgers
April 7, 2017
Alyssa,
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Michelle Cosmah
Michelle Cosmah
April 6, 2017
Rita we are so saddened to hear of Davids passing. We always so enjoyed the pictures he shared with us and all the neighbors of neighborhood events and local wildlife. He will be greatly missed. Take care
Diane and Ted Armbruster
April 6, 2017
Dear Rita, Noah and Alyssa,
We send our deepest condolences to you on the death of your dear husband and father. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Dick, Ellen and Nick Sweeney
Friend
April 6, 2017
Dear Rita, Noah & Alyssa,
You and David are in my constant thoughts and prayers. Our family is so sad over his loss. The girls have been asking their teachers and friends to pray for him and you because "they miss the friend who dressed as a wizard every Halloween" they tell them. We love you.
Love, the Porters
April 6, 2017
Judge Eppler,
You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers,
Carol and Tom Hadley
April 6, 2017
We are so very sad and heartbroken to hear about the passing of David. Our hearts go out to his loving wife, Rita and children, Alyssa and Noah. We had so much fun with his quirky, fun and kind nature.
Jura & Carlton Bailey
April 6, 2017
I am deeply sorry for your loss. There are no adequate words. Love & prayers to you and your family.
Becky Grissinger
April 6, 2017
Please accept my sincere sympathy. Professor Goss was a force of nature the depth of his love for family, community, and the world. May his memory be a blessing.
Nadine Hinton
April 6, 2017
David was a terrific person. My condolences to all of you.
Nick Katz
April 6, 2017
RITA,

I remember David's willingness to help others in suporting the scholarship fund. I am gratefful for being a recepient of this great man's kidness.

Please accept our deepest sympathy and respedt.

Peter and Jan Valentino
April 6, 2017
Rita and family,

I am so very sorry to hear about the loss of your brilliant and loving husband and father. Sending you deepest sympathies.
Mary French
April 6, 2017
Rita, Alyssa, and Noah,

What an amazing person and what a wonderful life. I feel so lucky that I got to know him. My prayers and thoughts are with you.

Richard Letts
April 6, 2017
Please accept my heartfelt sympathies. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.
Joen Iannucci
April 6, 2017
Very sorry to hear about your loss. He was a great professor and a shining light. May his memory be a blessing.
Sharona Byrnes
April 6, 2017
We are saddened to hear of David's passing. Please let us know if there is anything we can do.
Best wishes to you and the children
Lynn and Avner Friedman
April 6, 2017
So hard to choose the right words. David was the yin to your yang. You completed each other with perfect timing and great balance. I always smiled when I would think about your playful banters. Lovingly, you guys could argue and hold your ground, with a smile and a twinkle in your eyes. I can't imagine how difficult (impossible) David's loss will be for all of you in the near and distant years. So very sad, and sorry for your loss! Stay strong all of you. Believe in the future! Love and hugs to all!
Donna Levy
April 6, 2017
Rita
Barb and I offer our deepest sympathy. This is totally unexpected, and of course there is virtually nothing you can do to prepare. You are in our thoughts and prayers. I know you have a strong family and that allows you to share the grief. When a tragedy such as this occurs it makes me sad not only for your loss but for our loss. The world will miss David. If you need anything you need only ask.
Don Willy
April 6, 2017
So sorry for your loss. "Say not, in grief that he has gone, but give thanks that he was yours." My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Stuart Adkins
April 6, 2017
May I offer my deepest condolences to Rita and her family. I know David and Rita loved each other deeply, and all I know about him shouts out that he was a wonderful man. I am so sorry for your great loss.
Mark Brown
April 6, 2017
Rita,
I offer my sympathy and condolences to you and the entire family.
I will very much miss David (and not only for his talent and generosity in sharing the news and his thoughts in physics, math. and politics; he was unique).
Dan Burghelea
Dan Burghelea
April 6, 2017
Dear Rita, Alyssa and Noah - This world has lost one of the very best men around. David was a person we truly admired, genuinely respected and sincerely liked. So smart, so funny, so kind, so good. Please know that, although we cannot be at the funeral, we are mourning with you from a distance. Our hearts ache for you. We will pray for each of you and for the repose of David's soul.
With much love & sympathy, Barbara Beran & Rick Shewring
April 6, 2017
So very sad to hear of this loss. My most sincere condolences to the family during this time of mourning.
Michelle Marcus
April 6, 2017
We will definitely miss you. You have always been supportive, and the smile never left your face. You will always be remembered. Our thoughts are with the family, hoping that time will be of help to get through these difficult moments.
Mohamed Yousif
April 6, 2017
Heartbreaking loss for all of Columbus and especially the OSU community. I've only known David for some time but he was such a genuine man. Best prayers to you Rita and your family.
Steven Kenworthy
April 6, 2017
I'm so terribly sorry. David was such a kind and caring man.
Barbara Mindel
April 6, 2017
We are so sorry about the loss of David. He was a kind, smart, friendly and accomplished man and a good neighbor. He will be missed by many. Our deepest sympathy goes out to Rita, Alyssa and Noah.
Mike, Sue, Matt and Abby Zofchak
April 6, 2017
David was our highly respected colleague. He was the chair of our Department of Mathematics when he hired me and gave his best support during my initial years at the OSU. We will miss him very much.

We pray to God to give strength and internal peace to the family in this very difficult time.
Nimish Shah
April 6, 2017
As my supportive friend and colleague since he arrived at OSU, David always tried to do the right thing for the Department. He will me missed. I was deeply sad to hear about your loss.
Dan Shapiro
April 6, 2017
So sorry for your loss. I've appreciated and been inspired by David's enthusiasm, energy, and support for nearly 30 years.
He will be missed.

Tony Nance, OSU Math Department
April 6, 2017
I am so sorry to hear this news. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Stay strong and take care of yourself.
Darice Schlaufman
April 6, 2017
Rita, Alyssa and Noah - You are all in my thoughts and prayers. My heart goes out to you during this difficult time. Wishing I was still in the neighborhood to offer any support I could give to you. Hugs to you all!
Jeff Jones
April 6, 2017
So sorry for your loss.
Jim Abels
April 6, 2017
Wishing you as much peace as possible during this difficult time.
byron robinson
April 6, 2017
Rita-
Donna and I offer our sympathy and condolances to you and your children at this time of personal sorrow.
Mike foley
April 6, 2017
So very sorry . You are all in our prayers. My heart goes out to you and your kids. Noah has been so very good for Maeve this last school year. You both raised a wonderful man
Autumn O'Brien
April 6, 2017
I am so sorry for your loss may God comfort you and your family at this very difficult time.
Tami Vann
April 6, 2017
Deepest condolences . No words to express how devastating this is. xoxo
Cathy Clark
April 6, 2017
To the Goss Family, So sorry for your loss. Pat White and Lori Luma
April 6, 2017
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Adrianne Walls
April 6, 2017
We are all so sorry! Much love to you and the kids.
Jason Earnhart
April 6, 2017
David was a close friend of mine for many years, ever since I came to Ohio State. Since his area of mathematics was not far from mine, we had many discussions on mathematics over the years we were colleagues.
Many of us are really shocked by his passing away so unexpectedly. He will be
missed.

Roy Joshua, colleague in the OSU Math Department.
April 6, 2017
Rita, my heart goes out to you; I was so glad to spend an afternoon with him last fall -- we agreed it had been too long. David was so full of sunshine that day, with his retirement and my not working we talked about visiting more often. He had always taken the time to keep contact with me during the tough times in my life. I wish I could have another sunny day with him.
Jacki Cohen
April 5, 2017
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