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Ronald Allen Goldstein PH.D. Obituary

Ronald Goldstein passed away on June 9, 2024, after a long stay at Cleveland Clinic Weston.

Ron was married to Donna in 1995, but their love bloomed earlier and grew deeper each year.  They raised their blended family and all of their children attained college degrees, some higher degrees, and now have fulfilling careers.

Donna took care of him these past few years after he received an LVAD, became legally blind, developed Lewy Body Dementia, and was unable to walk.  He had been in and out of the hospital since January and went into Cleveland Clinic for the last time five weeks ago.  Donna and his aide, Alice Conteh, were at his side during his hospital stay.  On Sunday, he left us, and we are all totally bereft.

“Dr. Ron” earned his Ph.D. in Mathematics at NYU in 1970 and was an instructor there before moving to South Bend as a Professor at Notre Dame in 1970.  He started the Computer Science Department at Notre Dame.  In 1971 and 1972, he was a Visiting Professor at the University of Warwick in England.

Ron moved to Miami and was an Associate Professor of Mathematics, Computer Science, Neurology, and Ocean Engineering at the University of Miami from 1975 to 1990.

Ron was a mathematician at the Naval Surface Weapons Center with a Top-Secret Clearance from 1975 to 1981.

In 1980, he went into business, starting Business Computer Solutions, Inc. which went public and was President, CEO, and Chairman of the Board. The company developed ZFOUR and QL/1, a relational data base management system and report generator as well as a centralized medical records system and a community-based website for the fledgling Internet.  Ron consulted many of the Fortune 500 companies, computer hardware companies, and medical practices.

Ron spent almost two years in China, selling ZFOUR and QL/1, and was a member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

After he “retired” he continued developing software and ran a popular chess site, AttackThe King.com.

He was a Visiting Professor at Nova Southeastern University from 2010-2013.

Ron is survived by his loving wife, Donna, and his children – Joshua Goldstein (wife, the Lovely Liza), Madeleine Goldstein Kessler, MD (husband Jonathan), Melissa Goldstein MacTough (husband Dan); his stepsons Edward Hennis (wife Audrey), Eric Hennis (wife Donna). 

Ron and Donna are blessed with many grandchildren, Anna Hennis; Ben, and Henry MacTough; Kaia, Evan, and Kassidy Goldstein, and Eric, Jr. and Eva Hennis.

He also has a wonderful Sister-in-Law, Alice Goldstein, and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and dear friends who will miss him. 

Ellie, his puppy, misses him desperately.

Donna would like to thank all of the Doctors and Nurses who have cared for Ron over the years: the LVAD Team, IMCU Nurses and Aides, The Neurology Team, The Infectious Disease Team, The Pain Management Team, The Dermatology Team, and the ER Team at Cleveland Clinic who kept him alive for the past five years.  She would also like to thank the Doctors, Nurses, and Staff at UM Hospital and Miami Jackson Hospital.  They took care of Ron for many years.

She would also like to thank Lizel Lujan, Ron’s Home Health Nurse for the past 5 years, and Alice Conteh, his loving Aide.  These ladies made him dance and sing!

She can only hope he is dancing on two legs and singing in a better place.

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