OBITUARY

James "Jim" F. Goldberg

December 14, 1939December 31, 2011

James “Jim” F. Goldberg at 72 of Cambridge on Saturday, December 31, 2011 of lung cancer at home. A writer, editor, and public policy analyst, he was passionate about social and economic justice, with a long history of advocacy and political activism: he took part in the Columbia University protest in '68, helped organize the Hearings on Economic Insecurity MA in '96, and was an advocate for local affordable housing. Jim was a humble, kind, and generous man, who loved Beethoven's Violin Concerto, old movies, the Red Sox, and playing poker with old and new friends. He was persnickety about language, a student of 19th century British literature and social theory. He loved Amherst College (class of '61) and was devoted to the friends he made there. He grew up in Washington D.C, spending summers at Camp Ramah and Habonim. After college, Jim lived for a year in Israel, teaching English at Moshav Kfar Vitkin. Jim was the son of the late Sidney Goldberg and the late Gladys (Winokur) Goldberg. He was a devoted and loving husband to Trudy Bauer. A loving father to Matthew Goldberg and his wife Rain Kramer and an adoring Gramps to Noah and Sophie. He was a loving brother to Judy Goldberg. And a loving step-father to Sika Sullivan and her husband Kevin and an adoring Opa to Sarah and Kate. He also leaves his extended Goldberg, Winokur, Bauer, Giuliano, and Wood families. And many dear, long-time friends. Services at Levine Chapels, 470 Harvard St., Brookline on Tuesday, January 3 at 11:00AM. Interment will follow at the Workmen’s Circle Cemetery, 776 Baker St., W. Roxbury. Memorial observance at his late residence following interment until 9PM, continuing on Wednesday and Thursday from 6-9PM with Minyan Services at 7:30PM each night. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy in Jim’s memory may be made to: CAAS (Community Action Agency of Somerville) 66-70 Union Sq., Suite 104, Somerville, MA 02143. The Common Foundation, Frost Library, Amherst College, Amherst, MA 01002 or to Camp Ramah N.E., Tikvah Program, 2 Commerce Way, Norwood, MA 02002

Services

  • Chapel service Tuesday, January 3, 2012
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James "Jim" F. Goldberg

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Hans Bergmann

May 23, 2012

I didn't know this until May. That in itself is distressing. At Amherst Jim was very important to me and others in the class of 1963. And after Amherst in New York, he provided the first important essay of my "post-Amherst" intellectual change -- his essay rejecting Matthew Arnold's "Culture and Anarchy." I am going to reread it now, 45 years or so later. All the love and best to those who knew him in the many intervening years.

Hans Bergmann

January 16, 2012

TO JIM'S FAMILY- JIM AND I ROOMED TOGETHER SOPHMORE YEAR IN PRATT DORM. HE HAD A GREAT SENSE OF HUMOR AND WAS SHARP AS A TACK. I KNEW HE WAS A GREAT WRITER SO HIS PULLING TOGETHER OF THE CLASS 50TH RENUNION ALBUM SEEMED A NATURAL. I DID NOT KNOW ABOUT HIS CANCER. YOU HAVE MY DEEPEST SYMPATHY.
JIM OTTERSTROM, BRENTWOOD, TN

Edy (Gelfand) Fenster

January 3, 2012

My memories of my cousin Jim(my) are very dear to me. His love for one of his "little" cousins will remain with me always.

Jennifer Riser

January 3, 2012

Matt, your friends at Lowe's are thinking about you. We are praying for you and your family during this difficult time.

Grace O'Donnell

January 3, 2012

Trudy,
I am so stunned and so sorry. I think of Jim with such fondness. I am sorry we will all be missing his special light.
Grace

Matthew Bander

January 3, 2012

I want to send you my Sympathy to everyone in the Family at this time.

Marilynn

January 2, 2012

To the family of Mr. Goldberg. My heartfelt condolences difficult time y at this very difficult time in your lives. Words can't express the sadness, hurt, pain that you are feeling, but may our Heavenly Father give you peace and comfort. Very encourging are the words found at Psalm 147:3.He is healig the broken hearted one's.

January 2, 2012

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

David Ring

January 1, 2012

It was a special time reconnecting with Jim and meeting his wife
Trudy at the Amherst 50th reunion. That memory has become even more precious now that future connections of that kind will not include Jim. I hope that during that time he gained some sense of the joy I was experiencing being there and the gratitude I felt for those who worked so hard to bring it about and bring it off as beautifully executed as it was.
Jim has been described as a loving and a passionate person.
I trust that those who cared deeply for Jim will come to realize
that just because the person they loved seems to have departed this world....his caring never stops...and that they will eventually feel that to be true and possibly even see some signs
in their lives proving that that is true.
David Ring '61 Amherst

Dick Howland

January 1, 2012

Jim had a special mind and character. He was truly an independent and progressive person always warm and well-intentioned. What he had to say was important and well worth attending. I came to know Jim much better in connection with the reunion. I was very grateful and privileged to know Jim and shall miss him. Our class is diminished at his passing. Dick Howland