Alan H Goldman

April 13, 1934March 30, 2021

Alan H. Goldman, 86, joined our mom in Heaven on March 30, 2021. He was surrounded by his family and classical music. He was preceded in death by his wife of 43 years, Barbara Rae (Bobbi) Riesenberg Goldman and his parents, Sam and Doris Goldman. He is survived by his 5 children, 11 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, and his sister, Freddie Brown.

Alan was born in Brooklyn, New York on April 13, 1934. At 11 years of age, he moved with his family to Memphis, TN. Alan started playing French Horn in 10th grade and developed a passion for playing the horn that would last throughout his lifetime.

He served in the United States Army from 1956 until 1958 assigned to the 7th Army Symphony Orchestra. He toured constantly over western Europe playing concerts at least 4 times per week.

In 1960, Alan married Bobbi, a Pine Bluff, AR native, and they settled in Pine Bluff to raise their family. Alan was an avid cook and loved to try new and interesting dishes. His spaghetti sauce recipe is a closely guarded family secret and his home-made prosciutto was sought after by local restaurants and friends.

Alan’s career path was as varied as his many talents. He first opened a beauty shop, Alan’s Coiffeur Designers, that developed a following years after the doors were closed. Next, he turned his passion for car repair into Alan’s Foreign Car Garage. His next endeavor was JD’s Pawn Shop which allowed him to combine all of his passions in one place. He purchased a 1957 Harley Pan-Head motorcycle and sidecar in boxes and proceeded to put it back together in the back room of the shop. He was an avid collector of wrist watches and pocket knives and loved to purchase wrecked musical instruments and rebuild them to their former glory. Classical music would emanate from within JD’s as Alan practiced his French Horn to be ready for his next performance, both amusing and confusing the drunks and winos on 3rd and State.

Throughout his varied career, his love of music remained constant. Before moving to Pine Bluff, he was Principal French Horn with the Chattanooga Symphony, he played with the Atlanta Symphony and the Memphis Symphony. Alan was a founding member of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra which was founded/reorganized in 1965. He played with the ASO for more than 35 years. Alan was also a member of the Pine Bluff Symphony, he regularly performed with the Mississippi Symphony and he formed the Arkansas Brass Quartet, which played all over Arkansas.

Alan and Bobbi moved to Little Rock in 2001 where they lived until Bobbi’s passing in 2003. In 2013, Alan moved to Hot Springs Village, AR with his companion, Sylvia Downey. They shared a mutual love of exploring far away destinations and their travels took them from Russia to Antarctica and everywhere in between. Memorial plans have not been finalized. If you wish to make a donation in Alan’s memory, please consider supporting the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra Support (


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David Rosen

April 9, 2021

I am greatly saddened to learn of Alan's passing. Not only do I recall him as a fine musician, but as a fellow of unlimited curiosity and knowledge. We often exchanged information about things as varied as British & German autos or Omega chronograph watches. Alan will be remembered by all with whom he came in contact.

Aetna Smith

April 7, 2021

The Paul Smith family was saddened to hear about Alan's passing. We were neighbors for about 30 years in Pine Bluff. We express our condolences to his family and children.

MaryRoss Taylor

April 4, 2021

So sorry for your loss. Alan was a bright light in Pine Bluff when I was young. He cut my hair and broadened my horizons. He has a wonderful smile and laugh, many interests and many talents. I remember him with warmth and admiration.

Tom Kirkpatrick

April 4, 2021

I took lessons with Alan forty years ago. He was so talented! I have always tried to emulate his sound. It was complex. Not dark, not bright, but so beautiful! I’ve spent my life trying to copy his sound. The times I’ve come close were so rewarding. Alan was a great man. I will miss him. I will always remember him. He will always be a part of my life.

Charles Alman

April 4, 2021

With deepest sympathy, Charles and Martha Alman. Mikki,, your Dad was a sweet, friendly and wonderful man. He and your Mom were a great couple. I attended their wedding reception when l was a little guy. I know your Dad was a long time member of the Arkansas Symphony l believe he played the French Horn. He loved to come to our scrap yard whenever we got in some scrap brass instruments, rummage through them and take whatever he wanted .Alan almost always had a smile on his face.We wish you and your family all the best during this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May your Dad”s memory be of much comfort to you.

Bob Roberts

April 4, 2021

I remember so well playing in the Arkansas Symphony with Alan in the early 70s and again for a while in the early 90s. He never seemed to me to warm up or require a lot of effort, he simply picked up his horn and immediately played beautifully. His sound was as good as any I have ever heard! A true professional, always consistently performed and was one of the quiet leaders of the orchestra. I am thankful I was able to hear and learn from him. My deepest sympathies to his family. Rest in Peace Alan.

Eugene Levy

April 4, 2021

Dear Mikki and family:

Bobbye and I just learned of your dear dad's death this morning, and we were so sorry and sad to learn of his passing. We were drawn to Alan through his humor and his love of music. You are a wonderful living legacy, May his name be remembered always for blessing.

Lee Clark

April 4, 2021

I first met Alan Goldman when I was a Junior in high school. He was
Principal Horn with what was then called The Arkansas Orchestra Society (a predecessor of the present Arkansas Symphony Orchestra). I was lucky enough to get to play trombone with the orchestra for a while. Alan's playing was incredible, to say the least. Some years later, I played bass trombone with the ASO (Arkansas Symphony Orchestra). Alan was still the same amazing player that he always was. He was one of the funniest people I ever met!

Richard Jorgensen

April 2, 2021

RIP Alan...You were my first and best friend in the Arkansas Symphony. I remember my first rehearsal and that glorious tone which came from your horn. I also remember that you were the person who taught me that Chinese food was more than chop suey. I remember how pleased I was when you moved to Hot Springs Village to share a home with Sylvia. I remember many lunches at Home Plate Cafe. Thanks for your long time friendship. God Bless and God Speed...DICK Jorgensen

darren reeves

April 1, 2021

Goldman Family,
I was later than most of my peers to join and share the openness and welcome into your family in our teens. I became an instant fan of "Ma and Pa Goldman ". My heart hurts with you in the loss of your dad, grandfather, or friend. I sincerely thank them and you for always inviting and welcoming me over the last 40 years. I will continue to lift your family in prayer, and have a spare hug anytime you need one. With love, Darren Reeves