> Do you have any idea of how it came to be that he died at such > a young age? The online obit says nothing about this.
I have no idea, not even whether it was an accident causing physical injury or a health issue. In general, for my various math history pursuits when trying to track down the full name of someone and their birth-death years, I've found that obituaries are often extremely lacking in details. Especially in light of the fact that, for someone who wasn't relatively famous, newspaper obituaries tend to be about the only record of that person's life. For example, in the Notices of the American Mathematical Society death notices (at least during the 1980s, which are the ones I've been going through recently), the specific date of death is given (i.e. June 18, 1987) but no date of birth is given, not even the year of birth. Instead, they say how old the person was when he/she died, which is not even enough information to determine the year of birth (unless the date of death is December 31). Essentially no increase in text-character length would be needed to give the date of birth (in case the length of the death notice is a concern), and then giving the age at death would no longer be needed. Of course, it may very well be the case that the birth date is not reported (but surely not in every case!), in which case my criticism would be directed those reporting the death to the AMS.