Zoltan Tibor Balogh
Zoltan ``Zoli'' T. Balogh
died suddenly at his home in Oxford, Ohio on
Wednesday morning, June 19, 2002. He was born on December 7, 1953 in
Debrecen, Hungary, the son of Tibor Balogh and Ilona Kelemen.
On November 17, 1984 he married Agnes Polgar in Debrecen. They have two
sons; Adam 14, born in Debrecen, and Daniel 11, born in Oxford. Balogh had
two daughters, Agnes 24 and Judit 23, by a previous marriage.
He received a Master's degree in Mathematics from Kossuth University, in
Debrecen, in 1977 and the Doctorate from Kossuth University in 1980. The
Ph.D. in Mathematics was granted by the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in
1980 and his Habilitation in Mathematics was granted by the Hungarian Academy
of Sciences in 1989.
Prior to 1988, he held faculty positions at Kossuth University, the
University of Toronto and Texas Tech University. He was the Distinguished
Visiting Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Miami
University for the 1988-89 year. In the fall of 89 he was a Visiting
Professor at the University of Wisconsin. He accepted a permanent position
at Miami University in 1990, becoming a Full Professor in 1994.
Balogh's specialty in mathematics was set-theoretic topology. He
has published extensively in that area, obtaining a world-wide reputation
among experts in the field. In the past five years he has given fourteen
invited talks at national and international conferences in mathematics. On
the morning of his death he was scheduled to leave for Japan where he was
invited to give a lecture in Tsukuba and then continue on to Matsue where he
was an invited speaker for the International Conference on Topology and its
He is survived by his wife Agnes; two sons Adam and Daniel, of Oxford;
daughter Agnes, currently in Oxford, and daughter Judit, of Debrecen,
Hungary; his mother Balogh Tiborne, of Debrecen, and sister Agnes, of
He was preceded in death by his father, Tibor Balogh (Debrecen, Hungary),
who was also a mathematician.
Zoli Balogh was a loving father to his sons and daughters. His family and
friends will greatly miss him.
The family had a private visitation on Sunday, June 23. Following
cremation the remains will be taken to Hungary where they will be buried
next to his father. The colleagues of Zoli Balogh will have a remembrance
gathering with his family on June 29, 2002.