Western mourns passing of meteorology legend
Beloved ‘Dr. Mel’ founded WCSU Weather Center

Remembering Dr. Mel
Dr. Mel, A Connecticut Treasure

"Dr. Mel was our compass for the Weather Center. He came along to share his vision and we also made frequent trips to his home to talk about our plans for the Weather Center. I remember he said that WCSU offers quality education as good as one can get anywhere and I felt very encouraged. I must say that in all our plans, his top priority was always the meteorology students."
Dr. Albert Owino
Director of WCSU Meteorological Studies and WCSU Weather Center
"Hands down Dr. Mel was a great man and a great meteorologist. He inspired so many people to follow their dreams. He was a big part of our weather conference at WCSU. He was a great mentor to me and to other students who have graduated. Just the times I spent with him were wonderful."
Kerri Copello, 2011 WCSU meteorology graduate and meteorologist with WFXL, Albany, Georgia
"I loved interviewing Dr. Mel. No one knew more about the history of the state's weather and no one was happier to talk about it. He was always kind and generous with his time and willing to talk to reporters. But I think, on the subject of weather, he was thrilled to talk to anyone. He was joyously passionate about it."
Robert Miller, reporter, The News-Times, Danbury
"In short, Dr. Mel was nothing less than inspiring. Whenever he came to visit, he always brought with him his contagious passion for weather that fueled any conversation, as well as his exuberant attitude and kind nature. Dr. Mel was a great model for all meteorology students, and for anyone who has ever faced adversity. He has been such a positive influence on the meteorology program here at WCSU. Saying he will be missed is quite an understatement."
Kelley Bradley, WCSU senior meteorology student

DANBURY, CONN. Dr. Mel Goldstein, “Dr. Mel” as he was known to hundreds of thousands of television weather viewers, died early Wednesday at the age of 66. His passing is marked with great sadness among the community at Western Connecticut State University, where Dr. Mel was an institution.

Dr. Mel Goldstein
Dr. Mel Goldstein with his wife Arlene

He courageously battled multiple myeloma, a form of cancer, for more than 15 years. Because of his deteriorating health, he had retired recently after 25 years at WTNH News Channel 8. Dr. Mel lived in Guilford with his wife Arlene. The two were married as undergraduates at Penn State in 1965. They have two daughters, Laura and Melodie.

“While Dr. Mel has touched the life of nearly everyone in Connecticut over the past four decades, his imprint on Western Connecticut State University has been especially significant,” said university President James Schmotter. “Not only did Dr. Mel begin our meteorology program — still the only one of its kind in the state — and our weather center, he was an inspiring mentor for generations of students. And the memories of all of us who had the good fortune to spend time with Dr. Mel will never fade. You could not help feeling better about the world and its future when you were around him.”

President's Lecture Series 2011: Dr. Mel Goldstein

Long before he stood before a television camera, Dr. Mel was a professor at Western and he created the WCSU Weather Center, the first of its kind in New England. He retired from Western in 1986 after 27 years to become the chief meteorologist at WTNH-TV. But he never forgot his roots and visited Western often to share his expertise and to encourage students and faculty to continue their pursuits. Last spring Dr. Mel presented the annual President’s Lecture to a packed house in the Science Building.

His media career began soon after he started teaching at WCSU. Dr. Mel started on a single local radio station and by 1976, his broadcasts were on dozens of radio stations across the country. At that time, he began doing television weather. In the 1980s, his forecasts were seen nationwide on the Satellite News Channel, an all-news cable effort of ABC and Westinghouse.

Dr. Mel had received numerous awards, including the President’s Medal at WCSU for his years of teaching and community service, the Connecticut Bloomer Award for his contributions to the state, and a nomination for an Emmy for a series of education vignettes about weather. For eight consecutive years, he was voted Connecticut’s best television weatherperson in a reader’s poll of Connecticut Magazine.

Dr. Mel Goldstein
Dr. Mel was the keynote speaker of the 2009 Tri-State Weather Conference

Beyond the accolades and awards, Dr. Mel was genuine and enthusiastic about everything he did. He handled all of life’s storms with laughter and aplomb and once said that weather, with all its unpredictability and occasional devastation, taught him to keep an even temperament.

“Sometimes forgotten in memories of his inspiring personal struggle against illness and his reassuring television presence is the fact that Mel Goldstein was, above all, a serious researcher and scientist,” Schmotter said. “He brought his hunger for knowledge about weather prediction to a broad general audience, and his legacy will endure in the lives and careers he changed.”

For more information, contact the Office of University Relations at (203) 837-8486. To make a gift to the Dr. Mel Goldstein scholarship visit our online giving page.



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