Lynne Goodstein

Lynne Goodstein, PhD, age 70, of Cambridge formerly of State College, PA on Monday, November 5, 2018. Beloved and cherished wife of Peter Langer. Loving mother of Zachary Shotland, Aaron Shotland & his wife Susan, and adored Bubbe of Grace and Daniel Shotland. Cherished sister of Richard Goodstein, and stepmother of Samuel Langer. Loved sister-in-law of Judith Goodstein, aunt of Joshua and Lindsay Goodstein, and great-aunt of Levi and Noah Goodstein. Predeceased by her parents, Milton and Elaine Goodstein. Treasured by many Goodstein and Ettenger cousins, and by countless friends whose lives she has enriched with her kindness and love.

Lynne was born in Havertown, Pennsylvania, graduated from Haverford High School, earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Pennsylvania, and completed her PhD in Social Psychology from the City University of New York Graduate School. During her long career in academia, Lynne was a Professor of Sociology, Psychology and Women's Studies at Juniata College, Simmons College, Penn State University and the University of Connecticut and also served as the Director of the Women Studies program and Associate Dean of the Graduate School at Penn State, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and Professional Studies at Simmons College, and Director of the Honors Program at the University of Connecticut.

Lynne had a zest for life that brightened the days of those around her, making and maintaining friendships throughout the country. She loved traveling abroad, particularly hiking in the Swiss Alps with Peter. She also enjoyed traveling domestically, camping in the summer near the National Seashore in Wellfleet, MA, and spending time with family at the beach in Avalon, NJ. Lynne was an excellent cook, and enjoyed preparing delicious meals for family and friends who frequently requested her succulent brisket, homemade macaroni and cheese, and scratch baked apple pie. In her spare time, Lynne was a yoga enthusiast, avid hiker, play group reader, and opera buff. She was an exceptionally caring and devoted mother, and cherished the time she spent with her two grandchildren.

Lynne leaves behind a multitude of friends, family, former colleagues and students, who while devastated by her sudden passing, are immensely grateful for having known her.

Services in the Story Chapel at Mount Auburn Cemetery, 580 Mount Auburn Street, Cambridge on Friday, November 9 at 10:00am. Burial to follow at Mount Auburn.

Memorial observance will be at Peter and Lynne’s residence on Saturday evening from 5:00-8:00pm and on Sunday from 1-5:00pm and 7-9:00pm. In lieu of flowers, remembrances in Lynne’s memory may be made to a charity of your choice.


  • Funeral Service Friday, November 9, 2018

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Leah Schwartz

November 16, 2018

I was fortunate enough to have Dr. Goodstein as a professor last spring for a course about women and crime. Dr. Goodstein was so warm and gentle and showed so much empathy for her students. She helped me prepare for my future journey into the legal field by opening up about the obstacles women face in the field. Every class captivated me and that is all due to Dr. Goodstein's passion for the material. Not only was she an outstanding professor, as she captivated the class and sparked wonderful conversation and participation from her students, but Dr. Goodstein, time and time again, wore her big heart out on her sleeve.

I shared a wonderful connection with Dr. Goodstein, as we transitioned into covering more sensitive subject material. She had great patience with me when I decided I could not participate in that week's class. She found ways to help me succeed in the best way possible and she provided helpful feedback on all my projects and papers, so that I could improve. After the semester, Dr. Goodstein agreed to write a law school recommendation for me. We shared wonderful conversation whenever I came to see her during office hours and I trusted our relationship to help me in my future endeavors. As one can imagine, she wrote me an outstanding recommendation letter, full of kind and endearing words.

I am so shocked and sad to hear about Dr. Goodstein's passing. Her genuine kindness and care for her students will not be forgotten. I am so eternally grateful to have spent a semester with her. I am wishing her family and loved ones tranquility and happy thoughts.

Rebecca Elman (Ricker-gilbert)

November 12, 2018

Lynne was always so kind to me and took an interest in everything I did. While at UConn she came to every theater show I was in and encouraged me to join the Honors program. The last time I saw her she came to a dinner I was cooking for and she showed the same enthusiasm and interest that she always had. I will miss her and I am glad to have known her.

Jennie Weiner

November 9, 2018

I had the pleasure and very good fortune to share nearly two years of twice weekly trips back and forth form Boston to UConn with Lynne. She was one of the most interesting and loving people I have ever met. We never ran out of things to say to one another - no matter the weather or how tired we were she always gave me a new insight or way of understanding the world or relationship. Those car rides were a safe and loving space for me in what was a tumultuous time for me. Lynne used those hours to mentor and support me through those first years - for that I will be eternally grateful. She was a true friend and I will miss her so very much. Sending all my love to Peter and to all of her family. As true for so many Lynne was a gift to me and I loved her and love her very much. - Jennie

Jill Deans

November 8, 2018

Lynne was a true mentor -- perhaps the only one I've ever had -- and a genuine friend. She inspired me both professionally and personally with her wisdom, clarity and palpable energy. I also revered the relationship she had with Peter, remembering how once she told me that Peter took her to the train station one weekend day and said, "Where do you want to go?" And off they went to explore and spend the day together. She made a point to stay in touch, even when I was bad at it, and made a point to check in with me. I love her so much for her compassion and caring, for her wise administrative skills and gentle appreciation of life and will keep her always in my heart.

Robert McCarthy

November 8, 2018

I am so sorry to hear about Lynne’s sudden passing. We first met at Simmons and had the opportunity to work together for many years at UConn. She was a brilliant, spirited, and caring person and the academy will miss her. I send my deepest condolences to her family and friends.

Marita McComiskey

November 8, 2018

I am shocked & truly saddened to read of Lynn’s passing. To me she was a mentor and colleague who completely changed my life by her recognition and support of my unconventional academic career at several crossroads on my journey. Most remarkably, despite my initial hesitancy, Lynn encouraged me to expand my horizons by pursuing the position of Resident Director of UConn’s Education Abroad Program in Cape Town, which culminated in 10 of the most rewarding years of my professional life. My sincere condolences to all who knew and loved her.

Jill Fenton

November 8, 2018

I met her a few times on my visits to UConn and once we shared a car journey to Boston. She was always very positive and she made me feel valued because she believed in all UConn in London was trying to achieve for UConn students. I am sad to read today of her passing and I am grateful for having met her.

Lauren Munyard

November 8, 2018

Words cannot express how devastated and heartbroken I am. I worked closely with Lynne in the Sociology Department at UConn while she was the Director of Undergrad Programs. She has touched my life in so many ways, both personally and professionally and I consider it a true blessing to have known her and worked with her. She did a monumental job at everything she did, she led by example and with such grace and consideration to all while accomplishing so much. She was a tremendous support to me and I strive to be like her. The world has truly lost someone very special.

Ross Lewin

November 7, 2018

Lynne Goodstein changed my life. She gave me my first opportunity to assume a professional leadership role. She mentored me and supported me. Yet, she also gave me the freedom to find my own way. She was an extraordinary boss and became a dear friend. I largely credit Lynne for any professional success that I've enjoyed. I am very sad about learning of her passing and will miss her deeply. My heart goes out to her beloved family and friends.

Becky (McEnery) Salustri

November 7, 2018

The world has lost an amazing person. Lynne touched the lives of so many, mine included. I was proud to work with Lynne at UConn and fortunate to call her my dear friend. I am truly thankful to have known her and for our wonderful memories! My heart goes out to Peter - the love of her life, and to her family whom she cherished, and Lynne’s huge circle of friends. RIP Lynne.