[ALGTOP-L] Remembering Sam Gitler

Joe Hannon hannon at math.bu.edu
Sat Sep 13 19:57:14 EDT 2014


And we lost Dan Kan last summer. 


On Sep 13, 2014, at 18:59, Ralph Cohen <ralph at math.stanford.edu> wrote:

> 
> Boy,  its been a rough couple of summers for algebraic topology.   
> Last summer we lost Mark Mahowald, and this summer we lost Sam Gitler.  
> Mark and Sam were not only towering figures in the field, they each played
> a crucial role in making the algebraic topology community one of the friendliest
> in all of mathematics.
> 
> Like Doug,  I met Sam when I was a graduate student at Brandeis. 
> In my case this was in 1976.   He was very supportive then, and was a 
> great friend over the next 38 years.   Due in large part to Sam, the 
> algebraic topology communities in the US and in Mexico have been and 
> continue to be very close.  I am hopeful and indeed optimistic that they 
> will remain that way. I can think of nothing that would honor Sam’s memory more.
> 
> All the best,
>   Ralph
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