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Service for:
Dr. George “Dan” Mostow, 93
April 4, 2017
8 Nisan, 5777
April 6, 2017
Cong. B'nai Jacob, 75 Rimmon Rd, Woodbridge, Ct
2:00 p.m.

B’nai Jacob Memorial Park, 200 Wintergreen Ave, New Haven, Ct

Contributions may be sent to the Joseph Slifka Center for Jewish Life at Yale, 80 Wall St., New Haven, CT 06510 or to the charity of one’s choice .

A Period of Mourning will be observed at Whitney Center South, 200 Leeder Hill Dr., Apt. 2412, Hamden on Thursday following the funeral services and on Friday, 1p.m.-3:30p.m., Saturday, 6:30p.m.-8p.m., Sunday, 1p.m.-3p.m.


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Posted by:
William Cherry

Dan Mostow was a large influence on my life when I was a graduate student at Yale in the late eighties and early nineties. I always appreciated both the very candid advice he sometimes gave me and the more subtle lessons he guided me toward learning on my own. I know the mathematical community will miss Dan’s guidance.

Posted by:
Yum-Tong Siu

I am deeply saddened by Dan’s passing. Dan has lived a long, abundant life. His legacy will live on in the wonderful things he did for those who knew him at Yale and around the world. For me, I will always remember his kindness, generosity, and support when I joined the Yale math department as a young faculty member in the early 1970s. Dan was the department chair when I moved to New Haven to join the Yale faculty. In his company I always felt welcome and at ease. I remember well how he went out of his way to help me purchase a house. He even accompanied me to look at houses on the market and advised me in great detail from his own experience at a similar stage of his life. Mathematically, under the guise of asking me some questions about complex geometry he introduced me to his theory of strong rigidity. At one time when we were doing some computations in the geometry of constant negative curvature, I was amazed at how fast he could handle the analogues of trigonometric identities in constant negative curvature. I was so much younger and normally young people have more energy in carrying out such computations. He sensed a bit of uneasiness on my part and took pains to put me at ease by telling me how he honed such computation skills by spending his years during the Second World War teaching naval artillery officers how to do calculations to take into account the curvature of the earth in the firing of long range canons. The image of Dan as a kind, generous person and a brilliant intellectual will always stay in my memory.

Posted by:
Robert S. Kissel

I am deeply saddened to learn that Prof. Mostow has gone.

JUST TODAY, after years of trying to get hold of a copy, I received his “Linear Algebra” which I’ve been trying to buy since my student days, and was just musing about it, on facebook ( https://www.facebook.com/RobertKissel/posts/10211522065681259 ) when a quick search for a nice photo of him revealed that I just missed his funeral this afternoon.

Perhaps I can attend the unveiling.

Prof. Mostow was also the man who–after I’d puzzled about it for years–was able to sit down with me, one fine afternoon, in the hallway of the Math building, and show me how the hyperbolic trigonometric functions are described by a radius of the unit hyperbola, just as the circular trigonometric functions are described geometrically. “Let me see if I can re-derive it,” he said, smiling, “I remember there’s a very beautiful explanation, but I don’t remember it off-hand.” And, with a little scribbling, it all came back to him, and I had my “itch scratched” at last.

May the All-Present comfort you among all those who mourn for Zion and Jerusalem.

How many countless students, undergraduates and graduates, must remember his humor, his fresh presentations and rigor, and his gentle, “deadpan” sense of humor?

Posted by:
Barbara Dobay

It was a privilege to get to know Dan through the Vintage Voices class. Sidney, our thoughts are with you and the entire family as you mourn the loss of this special man. Barbara and Bjorn Ljungstrom

Robert E. Shure Funeral Home is the only strictly Jewish Funeral Home in the Greater New Haven area.

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