Robert Edward Golden

March 2, 1945November 29, 2018

Robert (Bob) E. Golden, 73, of New Bern North Carolina, passed away at home on Thursday, November 29, 2018. Bob loved his family, his friends, his community and his country. He was active in Rotary (twice a Paul Harris Fellow), his church, Christ Episcopal and in environmental organizations including the Sierra Club and Carolina Nature Conservancy. As a retired English professor, it was only natural that he participated in Carteret Writers Group, Nexus Poets and he led a writing group at New Bern Public Library. He volunteered at RCS and acted as mentor through other religious groups.

Having been a volunteer fire fighter in Hebron, New York, he felt comfortable being a volunteer at the New Bern Firemen's Museum. Bob volunteered to inform voters of current issues and to vote for their convictions. He was always interested in exercise, and was an active member of the local walking group Hooked on Walking, leading some walks and helping with online communication.

Even with all those commitments he found time to take his dog for walks, visit local sites of interest with his wife, visit relatives in Raleigh, NC, and his son in Carrboro, NC. He kept in touch with old friends and visited them when he could. He went to meetings, rallies, poetry readings and even went to collect trash on the beach with the Sierra Club.

Bob was proud of his career as an academic and an administrator. He received his BA in History at the University of Michigan with High Honors (Phi Beta Kappa), and his MA and Ph.D. in English and American Literature both at the University of Rochester. Ever Caring. Ever Learning. Ever Teaching.

Bob retired as an English Professor at Plattsburgh Branch Campus at SUNY Adirondack. At the same time, he was Dean and Assistant to the President also at SUNY Adirondack. At the pinnacle of his profession, he was Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at SUNY Plattsburgh. During his accomplished career, he was Vice President for Academic Affairs at Keene State College, Dean of the College of Arts and Science at Shippensburg University in Shippensburg PA and he went from Assistant to Associate to full Professor in the Language, Literature and Communication Division at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT).

Publications include poetry and books and articles on effective writing, American literature, higher education administration and micromanagement. His most recent article "Northern Twilight: SUNY and the Decline of the Public Comprehensive College," Thought and Action, Fall 2013, 45-56, won a Democracy in Higher Education prize from the National Education Association.

Bob is predeceased by his parents, Robert and Marian Golden, and two brothers, Michael and Charles Golden.

Bob is survived by his wife Linda Golden, of New Bern, NC, a son Matthew Golden of Carrboro, NC, two stepchildren, Tobyn Kirkpatrick of Oxford WI, and Beth Kirkpatrick of Keene, NH, three grandchildren, Taylor, Sophia and Christopher, two sisters, Mary Golden and Maureen Golden and one brother, John Golden.

A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, December 8, 2018 at 10 am at Christ Episcopal Church in New Bern, NC. Burial will be at New Skete Monastery in Cambridge, NY, at a later date.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Craven County Hospice 2818 Neuse Blvd, New Bern, NC 28562 or the charity of your choice.

Online condolences can be made to the family on our website.


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Elizabeth Olmstead McBride

February 7, 2019

Bob was in my class at Cassadaga Valley Central School. His parents and mine were good friends. Thoughts and prayers to his family, especially his sister Mary Clare, who was my best friend before the family moved away. It was Bob who put me back in touch with his sister after 45 years. I didn't know Bob in his later years but he was fun in school and his intellect was evident at a young age.

Marie Olmstead

December 8, 2018

Dear Linda, My heart is with you and your family. Although it's been many years since you and Bob moved from Keene, my memories are still vivid of him as a thoughtful, compassionate, brilliant, and
humble man. His quick dry wit was perfectly timed, and was so funny that I quote him still.
I believe Bob was universally well-respected, not only for his accomplishments, but also for his gentle, genuine presence. And not least of all for his respect for others.
He was a true gentleman.
Love, Marie Olmstead, Keene NH

Paul Vincent

December 7, 2018

It’s been a week since Beth Kirkpatrick, Bob’s step daughter, informed me of Bob’s death. Yet, as much as I try, words fail to relate how much the man meant to me. I recently told a group that, with his passing, a light had gone out in my life. His compassion, generosity of spirit, and dedication to the work I did at Keene State College were beyond anything I’d experienced from another academic officer; indeed, it’s impossible to imagine whatever success I may have had without Bob’s dauntless support. I will forever recall both his voice and his gift at faculty meetings for self-deprecating humor—a joy to behold. My heart goes out to Linda and all those who were blessed by his life. He’s a man to be missed!

Sr Jolene Robinson

December 7, 2018

Kindness, gentleness, and goodness. I was blessed to have Bob as a quiet, supportive friend. My condolences to his family and friends.

Klaus Bayr

December 5, 2018

Our condolences.
He was such an understanding, gentle and fair member of the college.
We will remember him fondly,
Klaus and Christine

Ann Rancourt

December 4, 2018

How shocked and sad I am to hear of Bob’s passing. I have such heartfelt memories of working with him as his AVPAA at Keene State College. What most people don’t know about Bob is that he laid the foundation upon which the current Academic Affairs Division at Keene State was built. When people are building houses they don’t often get excited about foundations, but the house does not evolve without it. He did a masterful job.

No one who knows him does not know about his great sense of humor and quick wit. It was fun being around him.

But what I will never forget is that I worked with one of the most decent and good men I ever worked with.

Thank you Bob for so much.

Don Baldini

December 4, 2018

Bob was a special man. I owe a lot to him. He was instrumental in promoting me to "Resident Artist" and enabling me to get benefits. As I am now retired, and Ithink of his kindness in giving me the dignity of being able to do so. I will always remember him and will miss him. With sympathy and great respect,Don Baldini