Date: Oct 13, 2012 2:04 PM
Author: Paul A. Tanner III
Subject: Re: Jonathan Groves (1981-2011)

> A few minutes ago I learned that Jonathan Groves died
> on
> 4 June 2011 at the age of 29.
> I learned this from this Editor's Note at the end of
> Jonathan Groves, "An elementary counterexample in the
> compact-open topology", American Mathematical Monthly
> 119 #8 (October 2012), 693-694.
> The Editor's Note follows:
> Johnathan Groves passed away on June 4, 2011 at the
> age of 29 before this note was accepted. The Monthly
> thanks a colleague of Jonathan's, who wishes to
> remain
> anonymous, who saw the note through revisions and
> proofs.
> We extend our deepest condolences to Jonathan's
> family.
> According the [1], Jonathan has 2068 archived posts
> in
> Math Forum. I can recall many of these being quite
> lengthy
> posts, and probably a large majority of his posts
> were
> made in the math-teach group. It appears that
> Jonathan
> begin posting in early February 2009 and his last
> post
> appears to have been made on 25 April 2011.
> [1]
> I found the following on-line obituary:
> Dave L. Renfro

Jonathan Groves presented some of the most highly reflective and astute thinking to be found at Math Forum. Even with an advanced education and its associated insights, his writings always exuded an underlying humility, a trait rare and appreciated no doubt by those who read him. He will be missed very much.

Although I could not do justice to all of his output at Math Forum, one good example is here:

At math-teach:

"Re: Why Math Students Fail"

Another example of what I mean is an outstanding set of posts found throughout this thread below, starting with his first message in this thread:

At mathedcc:

"Re: CT Academy Launches Another Five-Year Plan"

Jonathan shared with us that he was writing a book. These nice posts in this thread above give us insight into why he was writing his book. Penetrating ideas, critical of the standard textbooks out there, wanting to see material that would promote student understanding but not seeing it at least not to his satisfaction, wanting to help those who need to be helped.

He was asked to share ideas about his book by Alain Schremmer, shared them here
but no one replied at least in that thread.

This above post of his found its way to math-teach. And where this first post below is this post above, here below is a list of some of his posts in which he talks about his book, not only these posts but all of his posts throughout this thread below continuing his excellent thinking in this thread above, all motivated by his keen desire to see students getting the help they need:

At math-teach:

"Re: CT Academy Launches Another Five-Year Plan"

I have also found more in the archives about his book. See this thread started by him:

At mathedcc:

"A Discussion Here Extended to Math-Teach (by Accident)"

There are sub-threads in this thread whose first post is Jonathan's above where these sub-threads are given different titles. Here are two of his posts in this thread above on his book (read through them to the bottom of the page, there are some "skips"):

In these threads in general, skimming over Jonathan's posts will show which ones cover his book, and that will give some information as to which posts of the other participants in these threads cover the proposed content his book. It's good reading when it's on the content of his book and related content.

I'm sure that there are other threads in which he alone or along with some others discussed the content and related content of his book. Perhaps others can contribute here on this.

Since his thoughts on students who struggle, why they struggle, and what could possibly be done to properly help them are so on target, I would think that many could find the output of his project potentially very interesting. I do not know what became of his project, but given his large number of posts at Math Forum showing such a strong desire to see things made better I can only hope that there are some who know some relevant things here and therefore can and will somehow bring to some sort of fruition his work on this.