Mel Goldstein

Dr. Mel passes away at 66

Dr. Mel

Dr. Mel passes away at 66

Updated: Wednesday, 18 Jan 2012, 10:52 PM EST
Published : Wednesday, 18 Jan 2012, 12:25 PM EST

New Haven, Conn. (WTNH) - Long time Storm Team 8 Meteorologist Dr. Mel Goldstein passed away Wednesday. He was 66 years old.

Dr. Mel had been fighting Multiple myeloma, a cancer of the plasma cells in his bone marrow, for many years.

"We not only lost a great journalist today, but a great humanitarian and close friend, " VP and General Manager Mark Higgins said in an email to the WTNH News 8 staff.

Dr. Mel retired from News 8 in August of 2011 after years of dedicated service, and delivered his 'farewell forecast' in November. His love and enthusiasm for the weather and passing along his knowledge was apparent to anyone who met him.

"I mainly want to be remembered as I am-- honest, helpful to others, always around when needed. I can't think of a better tribute than that, and it is something for which I will always be grateful," said Goldstein about his retirement. "I have worked hard in an area that I truly love, and I will likely continue in some weather venue until I no longer have the energy to do so."

"Dr. Mel was more than a meteorologist - with his charming character, warm smile and friendly personality, he became an icon in Connecticut and was loved by many," Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy said in a statement. "He dedicated his working life to ensuring that the residents of Connecticut were prepared for whatever tumultuous weather system may approach, and for that we are forever thankful."

"Dr. Mel was a dear friend and great public servant, who made every day brighter regardless of the weather," Sen. Richard Blumenthal said. "He faced both life and death with profound and powerful grace, caring, and courage. I will miss him as a friend and model of humanity and humor."

"I am deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Dr. Mel Goldstein, who for decades bestowed his warm personality and excellent meteorology into homes across Connecticut," Sen. Joseph Lieberman said. "His service and commitment to our state will not be forgotten, and he will certainly be missed."

Dr. Mel grew up in the quiet suburbs of Swampscott, Massachusetts in the 1940's. He developed a passion for weather early-on as a child, being fascinated by a trio of hurricanes and other devastating storms. That passion drove him to attain degrees from Penn State University and a Ph.D. in Meteorology from NYU (Dr. Mel was also awarded honorary doctorates from Albertus Magnus College and Mitchell College).

With his family by his side he set a course for a career that would bring him to incredible heights. His energy and passion took him to the halls of Western Connecticut State University. In 1970, Dr. Mel created a bachelor's degree program there and a state-of-the-art weather center.

Dr. Mel's media career began with a single radio station, and by 1976 his broadcasts were on dozens of radio stations nationwide. He then began doing television and in the 1980's, his forecasts were seen across the country on the Satellite News Channel, an all-news cable effort of ABC and Westinghouse.

He became the Chief Meteorologist at WTNH-TV in 1986.

In addition, Dr. Mel made the transition to author by writing "The Complete Idiot's Guide To Weather," a quick and easy guide that answers any question about weather, and " Dr. Mel's Connecticut Climate Book." The profits from this book are donated to cancer research.

In addition to authoring those two books, a scholarship fund for meteorology students has been established in his name at WestConn.

Dr. Mel also wrote a weekly column for the Hartford Courant in Northeast Magazine for 20 years.

He is survived by his wife Arlene and his daughters Laura and Melodie.

Dr. Mel's funeral will be held 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Robert E. Shure funeral home on George Street in New Haven. He will be buried in the Temple Beth Tikvah section of Beaverbrook Cemetery, in Clinton.

Memorial contributions can be sent to CT Hospice Inc., 100 Double Beach Rd., Branford, CT. 06405.

Source -

Dr. Melvin G. "Dr. Mel" Goldstein

GOLDSTEIN, DR. MELVIN G. "DR. MEL" Dr. Melvin G. "Dr. Mel" Goldstein, 66, of East Haven, Ct., devoted husband of Arlene (Stein) Goldstein, died at Yale-New Haven Hospital on Wed., Jan. 18, 2012. Born in Lynn, Ma., Oct. 23, 1945, he was the son of the late Irving & Mollie (Segal) Goldstein. Beloved father of Laura (Steven Vine) Goldstein of Newtown, Ct. and Melodie Foster of N.Y., Dear brother of Brenda (Arnold) Jacobson of Ipswich, Ma. Loving grandfather of Eric Vine. Funeral Services at Robert E. Shure Funeral Home, 543 George St., New Haven FRIDAY MORNING at 10:30 o'clock. Family will begin to greet friends and relatives at 9:15. Interment Services will follow at the Temple Beth Tikvah section of Beaverbrook Cemetery, Route 145, Clinton, Ct. Memorial Contributions may be sent to Ct., Hospice, Inc., 100 Double Beach Rd., Branford, Ct. 06405

Published in the New Haven Register on January 19, 2012