<%@LANGUAGE="JAVASCRIPT" CODEPAGE="1252"%> Josh Gottheil
Joshua "Josh" David Gottheil
July 14, 1969 - April 4, 1989
Josh Gottheil is one of the most inspirational people I have ever known. His enthusiasm and his (to quote a great rocker) "lust for life" were second to none. When I first met him he was in the self described "worst band in the world" -- the Dead Relatives. Later he began booking bands into clubs that, at the age of 14, he was many years to young to enter -- and not just any bands but bands that would later become huge (Pixies, Black Flag, Minutemen, Throwing Muses, among others). While we lived together, Josh had an office set up in a spare room and was most proud of the fact that he had a fax machine. During that time, Josh was diagnosed with lymphoma. He continued booking shows throughout his treatment -- even from his hospital bed. He never quit smiling, laughing or living his life to the fullest. I will always look to him for inspiration.

From Fred Gottheil, Josh's dad:

"We're all in a fight to win the war against cancer," (Fred) Gottheil said. "Cancer is indiscriminate - it gets everybody. We're going after it. And that way we honor (Josh) in his memory."

Josh Gottheil was 19 years old when he lost the battle to cancer.

"He had his whole life ahead of him and all the promises in the world. And students all have that promise. It's nice to know that people who are his age and with the same intensity of promise are doing something to further a good cause," Gottheil said.

Daily Illini article from Sept 23, 1994
Daily Illini article from Sept 9, 2005
Donations to the Josh Gottheil Memorial Fund for Lymphoma Research