In memory of
Irwin J. Goldstein
In memory of
Irwin J. Goldstein
Goldstein, Irwin J. 9/8/1929 - 12/26/2020 Ann Arbor On forest walks in the 1970s, Dr. Irwin J. Goldstein would enlist his young sons in collecting seeds or flowers that struck him as possible sources of lectins – carbohydrate-binding proteins that were the focus of his pioneering research as a biochemistry professor at the University of Michigan. He once told his boys he was so excited about his work that he could barely wait to get out of bed in the morning – an unflagging energy and enthusiasm that fueled a scientific career spanning 60 years. Dr. Goldstein, a Professor Emeritus at Michigan and longtime Ann Arborite, died December 26 in Chelsea, Michigan. He was 91. A member of Michigan's biochemistry faculty since 1965, Dr. Goldstein discovered lectins in all manner of plants, from the lima bean to the snowdrop, and published 300 scientific papers and three books analyzing their structure, functioning, and biomedical applications. He also mentored dozens of young researchers, who would themselves go on to make important scientific contributions. A Guggenheim Scholar at the Lister Institute in London, he also did research at the Pasteur Institute in Paris and Stockholm University, and lectured around the world. His half-century at Michigan included twelve years as Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Studies at the Medical School. Among his many honors, he received the Claude S. Hudson Award in Carbohydrate Chemistry from the American Chemical Society in 1993. Michigan's Biochemistry Department holds an annual glycobiology lectureship in his name. Irwin's passion and drive were evident in everything from art to athletics. He was an avid print collector, a pursuit begun in Paris in 1960 when he acquired two small works by Marc Chagall. Over the past 34 years, he and his wife, Martha Mayo, amassed a lithograph collection focusing on 20th-century American masters, from Thomas Hart Benton and Grant Wood to Robert Motherwell and Chuck Close. Irwin and Marty also focused on local artists, including Detroit-based Tyree Guyton, sculptor Norma Penchansky, and Ann Arbor jeweler Matthew Hoffman, whose Nickels Arcade store was a favorite stop for Irwin. Irwin was forever in a hurry. A lifelong distance runner, he won the Newark, N.J. high school championship in the half-mile at age 15 and later passed his joy of running on to his two sons. In more recent years, he routinely won his age group in the Dexter-Ann Arbor Run, competing well into his 80s, and won multiple gold medals at the Michigan Senior Olympics. Irwin was also a zealous Michigan football fan, cheering with his wife and sons from Section 18, Row 73 at Michigan Stadium until his 90th year. Irwin's passion carried over to political causes. In the 1960s, he protested against the House Un-American Activities Committee at SUNY-Buffalo, and later helped lead teach-ins at the University of Michigan against the Vietnam War, focusing on the dangers of chemical and biological weapons. He was especially proud of a fundraising peace button that he designed in the 1970s with a friend – a wreath in the shape of a peace symbol – that regularly sold out on the UM Diag. A gourmet who relished everything from caviar to corned-beef sandwiches, Irwin amazed his friends with his voracious appetite, especially because he was always so thin. He and his wife, Martha, ate and hiked their way around the world, and in his 80s, Irwin completed long treks in both New Zealand and Tasmania. Closer to home, Irwin was a fiercely loyal customer of Zingerman's Deli, even getting a sandwich named after him ("Irwin's Inspiration"). Though Alzheimer's eventually robbed him of such pleasures, he was still able to enjoy morning lattes at Zingerman's in early 2020. Born in Newark on September 8, 1929, Irwin was the son of Jacob and Theresa Goldstein, a chemist and schoolteacher, respectively. His younger sister, Judith, died in 1989. He graduated from Weequahic High School in 1947 and Syracuse University in 1951, and then drove west in his 1936 Ford to start his Ph.D. in biochemistry at the University of Minnesota, which he completed in 1956. Irwin served several years there as a postdoctoral fellow. He married his first wife, Jone Rymer, now of Ann Arbor, in 1959. He was an assistant professor at SUNY-Buffalo before joining the Michigan faculty. Irwin and Martha Mayo were married in 1986. In addition to Martha, Irwin is survived by his sons, Garth Goldstein of Somerville, Mass., and Brandt Goldstein of New York City; daughters-in-law, Ona Ferguson and Angella So; grandsons, Bjorn, Soren, and Lars Goldstein; stepdaughter, Mira Hinman, and her husband, Todd McDermott, of Libertyville, Illinois; and their daughters, Annika and Celia McDermott-Hinman. There will be an online memorial service for Dr. Goldstein soon, and an in-person celebration of his life later this year. Donations may be made in his memory to the Irwin J. Goldstein Lectureship in Glycobiology (online at https://leadersandbest.umich.edu/find/#!/give/basket/fund/571808 or by mail to the Department of Biological Chemistry, Goldstein Lecture, c/o Amanda Howard, 1150 West Medical Center Drive, 5301 MSRB III, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-5606; please write "Fund 571808/Goldstein Lecture" on the memo line) or to the Judith Goldberg Memorial Fund for Modern Dance – Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation, 301 North Main Street, Suite 300, Ann Arbor, MI 48104.
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In memory of
Irwin J. Goldstein
Goldstein, Irwin J. 9/8/1929 - 12/26/2020 Ann Arbor On forest walks in the 1970s, Dr. Irwin J. Goldstein would enlist his young sons in collecting seeds or flowers that struck him as possible sources of lectins – carbohydrate-binding proteins that were the focus of his pioneering research as a biochemistry professor at the University of Michigan. He once told his boys he was so excited about his work that he could barely wait to get out of bed in the morning – an unflagging energy and enthusiasm that fueled a scientific career spanning 60 years. Dr. Goldstein, a Professor Emeritus at Michigan and longtime Ann Arborite, died December 26 in Chelsea, Michigan. He was 91. A member of Michigan's biochemistry faculty since 1965, Dr. Goldstein discovered lectins in all manner of plants, from the lima bean to the snowdrop, and published 300 scientific papers and three books analyzing their structure, functioning, and biomedical applications. He also mentored dozens of young researchers, who would themselves go on to make important scientific contributions. A Guggenheim Scholar at the Lister Institute in London, he also did research at the Pasteur Institute in Paris and Stockholm University, and lectured around the world. His half-century at Michigan included twelve years as Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Studies at the Medical School. Among his many honors, he received the Claude S. Hudson Award in Carbohydrate Chemistry from the American Chemical Society in 1993. Michigan's Biochemistry Department holds an annual glycobiology lectureship in his name. Irwin's passion and drive were evident in everything from art to athletics. He was an avid print collector, a pursuit begun in Paris in 1960 when he acquired two small works by Marc Chagall. Over the past 34 years, he and his wife, Martha Mayo, amassed a lithograph collection focusing on 20th-century American masters, from Thomas Hart Benton and Grant Wood to Robert Motherwell and Chuck Close. Irwin and Marty also focused on local artists, including Detroit-based Tyree Guyton, sculptor Norma Penchansky, and Ann Arbor jeweler Matthew Hoffman, whose Nickels Arcade store was a favorite stop for Irwin. Irwin was forever in a hurry. A lifelong distance runner, he won the Newark, N.J. high school championship in the half-mile at age 15 and later passed his joy of running on to his two sons. In more recent years, he routinely won his age group in the Dexter-Ann Arbor Run, competing well into his 80s, and won multiple gold medals at the Michigan Senior Olympics. Irwin was also a zealous Michigan football fan, cheering with his wife and sons from Section 18, Row 73 at Michigan Stadium until his 90th year. Irwin's passion carried over to political causes. In the 1960s, he protested against the House Un-American Activities Committee at SUNY-Buffalo, and later helped lead teach-ins at the University of Michigan against the Vietnam War, focusing on the dangers of chemical and biological weapons. He was especially proud of a fundraising peace button that he designed in the 1970s with a friend – a wreath in the shape of a peace symbol – that regularly sold out on the UM Diag. A gourmet who relished everything from caviar to corned-beef sandwiches, Irwin amazed his friends with his voracious appetite, especially because he was always so thin. He and his wife, Martha, ate and hiked their way around the world, and in his 80s, Irwin completed long treks in both New Zealand and Tasmania. Closer to home, Irwin was a fiercely loyal customer of Zingerman's Deli, even getting a sandwich named after him ("Irwin's Inspiration"). Though Alzheimer's eventually robbed him of such pleasures, he was still able to enjoy morning lattes at Zingerman's in early 2020. Born in Newark on September 8, 1929, Irwin was the son of Jacob and Theresa Goldstein, a chemist and schoolteacher, respectively. His younger sister, Judith, died in 1989. He graduated from Weequahic High School in 1947 and Syracuse University in 1951, and then drove west in his 1936 Ford to start his Ph.D. in biochemistry at the University of Minnesota, which he completed in 1956. Irwin served several years there as a postdoctoral fellow. He married his first wife, Jone Rymer, now of Ann Arbor, in 1959. He was an assistant professor at SUNY-Buffalo before joining the Michigan faculty. Irwin and Martha Mayo were married in 1986. In addition to Martha, Irwin is survived by his sons, Garth Goldstein of Somerville, Mass., and Brandt Goldstein of New York City; daughters-in-law, Ona Ferguson and Angella So; grandsons, Bjorn, Soren, and Lars Goldstein; stepdaughter, Mira Hinman, and her husband, Todd McDermott, of Libertyville, Illinois; and their daughters, Annika and Celia McDermott-Hinman. There will be an online memorial service for Dr. Goldstein soon, and an in-person celebration of his life later this year. Donations may be made in his memory to the Irwin J. Goldstein Lectureship in Glycobiology (online at https://leadersandbest.umich.edu/find/#!/give/basket/fund/571808 or by mail to the Department of Biological Chemistry, Goldstein Lecture, c/o Amanda Howard, 1150 West Medical Center Drive, 5301 MSRB III, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-5606; please write "Fund 571808/Goldstein Lecture" on the memo line) or to the Judith Goldberg Memorial Fund for Modern Dance – Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation, 301 North Main Street, Suite 300, Ann Arbor, MI 48104.
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