Richard Goldman was honored as the 1998 International House Alumnus of the Year for his pioneering work in supporting the grass roots efforts of the world's environmental heroes as well as for his major support and personal commitment to the ideals of International House. Goldman was honored at the annual Celebration and Awards Dinner on April 29 at International House. Richard Goldman and his late wife, Rhoda, have a long history of association with the University. Dick graduated from Cal in 1941 before coming to I-House as a law student and Rhoda graduated in 1945. Goldman, who has served on the International House Board of Directors since 1991, states, "International House is a wonderful concept. It serves a valuable function here and in other cities where Houses are located."

When Goldman came to I-House in fall 1941, he wrote in his application that he hoped to have discussions "with people from foreign lands, especially to get some first-hand knowledge of life during peacetime in present war-torn lands." Another alumnus, Harold Gilliam, reflects on the times, "The world seemed to be in flames; bombs were dropping in Asia and Europe (and maybe soon here, for all we knew)." Goldman recalls climbing into the International House dome during a blackout and seeing only darkness where the lights of San Francisco should have been.

The Goldman family has touched the lives of people locally and around the world through their generous support of International House, the University, and a broad range of community organizations. "We give for the pleasure of it and the desire to give something back and help where we can," says Goldman.

Two significant gifts to International House will help ensure the preservation of our magnificent building. A recent donation benefits seismic safety renovations and another benefited the Architectural Preservation Fund of the 1996 Global House for a Global Age campaign. The Goldmans are among the most magnanimous of Cal's alumni. A donation to Cal from the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Fund will expand research and community involvement and upgrade the facilities of the Graduate School of Public Policy, renamed the Goldman School of Public Policy in their honor.

The family name became firmly linked to the international environmental movement in 1989 with the establishment of the Goldman Environmental Prize which awards $75,000 each year to six grassroots environmental heroes, one from each region of the world. The awards, known as the Nobel Prize for environmentalists, honor ordinary people who do extraordinary things to protect the environment.

Goldman, who is Chairman of Goldman Insurance Services, serves on numerous community boards and committees including the Bay Area International Forum, The Commonwealth Club of California, the Jerusalem Foundation, The Berkeley Fellows, the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, the Weizmann Institute of Science, and the World Affairs Council.

Alumnus of the Year, Richard Goldman, is an exemplary role model for those who aspire to make a difference in the world.

Richard Goldman

International House applicant, Richard Goldman, in 1941.

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