Bernard Goldman: Journalist
Bernard Goldman ’47, ’46CC, ’48J was a recipient of the University’s Alumni Medal for his 50 years of service to Columbia, and especially for his leadership of Columbia’s Colorado Club for more than a decade. The Alumni Medalists were honored at Commencement and again in November at a special Awards Dinner held in Low Rotunda. “I consider this award one of the highlights of my life,” he writes.
In recalling his career path, Bernie writes: “One day in 1947, when I was Editor-in-Chief of the 1947 Columbia Engineer yearbook, which I had revived after its war-time hiatus, Dean James Kip Finch came by and remarked, ‘You know, Goldman, not many engineers know how to write and not many writers know much about engineering. . . you should look into that.’ That remark prompted my application to the Journalism School, where I was accepted. I believe I was the first engineer ever to have been admitted there, perhaps as an experiment. It must have worked, because they now have an excellent program in science writing. . . .
“This led to a stint as the Assistant Public Information Officer at the US Naval Air Station in New York, followed by a fascinating career as a Technical Writer and Technical Editor, primarily in the airplane business. Later I switched careers and entered the financial services field, which I was able to do easily because of my terrific Columbia background.”
When Bernie moved to Colorado in 1973, he quickly became involved in the Colorado Alumni Club, assuming leadership of the club when its president died suddenly. At that time, the Colorado Alumni Club was virtually dormant. Within a few years, Bernie had turned it into the most active and successful Columbia club of the early 1980s.
Bernie continues his connections to Columbia, which started when his father graduated in 1927 from the College of Pharmacy. “(B)oth my sons graduated from Columbia, my daughter is on the faculty of Columbia’s College of Physicians & Surgeons, as an attorney, and I have a few grandchildren who I consider eligibles.”