Francisco Javier Sayas Gonzalez
Died April 2, 2019
Francisco Javier Sayas Gonzalez, known as Pancho or Javier, age 50, of Newark DE, died on April 2nd, 2019.
Born in Zaragoza, Spain, to Jose-Antonio Sayas and the late Elena Gonzalez. Professor of Mathematics at the University of Delaware since 2010, he received his Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from the Universidad de Zaragoza, Spain. He previously held positions at the Universidad de Zaragoza, Spain, and the University of Minnesota.
Scholar, Mentor, Advisor. These were the roles he prided himself on, and where he most impacted the lives of those around him. He published over 100 articles and numerous books, and advised fifteen current and previous Ph.D. students. His humor and intellect were evident in all he did.
Pancho was also a talented pianist, and had an immense knowledge and appreciation of classical music — he was a music critic for newspapers and magazines in Spain. Among a host of interests, he chiefly enjoyed spending time with friends and colleagues, discussing a wide range of topics, preferably over beer, wine or food. He loved life.
Javier was preceded in death by his mother, Elena. He is survived by his father, Jose-Antonio Sayas; his brother Jose-Antonio Sayas Gonzalez; his sister-in-law Rosa, and; his two nieces Marina and Blanca.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 am on Saturday, April 6, 2019, at Thomas More Oratory, 45 Lovett Avenue, Newark, DE. Interment will be held privately.
In lieu of flowers, it is requested that donations be made to the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center of the Christiana Care Health System, 4701 Ogletown Stanton Rd, Newark, DE 19713.