Herbert J. Goldman

March 8, 1922September 22, 2012

Herbert Julius Goldman, born March 8, 1922 passed peacefully on September 22, 2012. He leaves his beloved friend, Allene Goldman; his children, Lisa, Rayna, Suzanne, Emily and Justin; grandchildren, Eric, Mia, Aliyeh; and great grand-child, Derick. Herb served in World War II on the battleship U.S.S. South Dakota and was decorated May 1945 with the Air Medal for meritorious achievement. He graduated from the University of New Mexico with a degree in Fine Arts and enjoyed a rich life as an accomplished and renowned sculptor. Herb’s commissioned art is in New Mexico, Michigan, Texas, California, Kentucky, Arizona, Colorado and Africa. A private family memorial will take place in Dallas, TX. A public celebration of his life will be held in Albuquerque, NM, on May 9, 2013 at the South Broadway Cultural Center. Details available at website The Goldman family would like to express their appreciation to Golden Acres Living and Rehabilitation in Dallas. Should friends desire, memorial contributions can be made to the charity or cause of their choice.

Born in Detroit, Michigan in 1922, Herb Goldman began training at the age of twelve as apprentice-assistant to Samuel A. Cashwan, Detroit sculptor. Mr. Cashwan taught at the University of Michigan and was head of the State of Michigan sculpture division for the WPA of the Federal Arts Project. At that time Goldman was too young to become a member of the group, however, he had the opportunity to learn techniques for executing large works of sculpture in various materials from European trained master carvers and casters. These include: modeling for terra-cotta, plaster, concrete, terrazzo; numerous mold-making methods and finishing techniques; various methods for carving wood and stone, and enlarging methodology. Goldman studied with Mr. Cashwan for seven years while attending The Detroit Institute of Art and a professional school, The Society of Arts and Crafts. In 1940 Goldman graduated from Cass Technical High School having taken a combined art and college preparatory curriculum in design, painting, drawing, printmaking and art history. From 1940-1942 Goldman worked in New York City for a mold and model making shop where he gained technical experience in plaster turning and casting, wax casting and modeling, bronze chasing, grinding, polishing, and mold finishing along with construction of complex piece molds. During this time he continued his studies at the Beaux Arts Institute of New York. After returning to Detroit and attending Wayne University for one term Goldman joined the armed services.

Goldman served in the Navy during WWII, assigned to the battleship South Dakota. During his enlistment he was decorated with the Air Medal, numerous battle stars and citations. After the war Goldman moved to Albuquerque and entered the University of New Mexico, from which he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a major in sculpture and drawing in 1949. Goldman was granted a teaching assistantship upon completion of his undergraduate studies. While taking graduate course work he taught classes in sculpture, ceramics, welding, drawing, and designs at the university and privately. Herb Goldman was known for known for large-scale architectural and environmental sculptures, including some of the first natural habitats for zoo animals.


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henry m. caroselli

June 26, 2014

My father, Henry J. Caroselli, was an artist/friend of Herbie at both Cass Tech in Detroit and in the Fine Arts program at UNM. Even thought classmate Richard Diebenkorn was more acclaimed, Henry always considered Herbie the best artist he ever knew. I am proud to have one of Herbie's sculptures. May he rest in peace.

Carl Coker

December 5, 2013

Valued friend and mentor..worked with him at the Albuquerque Modern Board Member and as his assistant...Carl Coker

Toby Walters

October 10, 2012

Herb was a dear friend and creative inspiration to our family. He will truely be missed by all of us who loved him.Thank you and your children for all that you gave us.

Bill Whittemoe

October 5, 2012

Herb was a very kind man. I loved his childen Emily and Justin.

Madeleine Isenberg

October 4, 2012

Just found this obituary for our cousin Herbie. Such a nice tribute and informative. His beautiful works will remain as souvenirs of his work and existence in this world. This will be included in our family history website. Love to the family, Jerry & Madeleine Isenberg

Carol Mattern

October 1, 2012

My sympathy to your family. Herb will be missed. May he rest in peace.


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