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February 20, 2018
I was sorry to just hear of Donald Goldstein's passing. Major Goldstein was a history instructor when I was at the Air Force Academy from 1968-1972, and he was instrumental in my decision to major in history. He was also one of the faculty representatives on the intercollegiate track team, of which I was a member. I loved taking his classes; he had a knack for making history come alive, and his sense of humor kept us all loose in our regimented environment. To this day I still am partial to reading historical novels and books, especially his. I often had the opportunity to brag about being one of his former students when I would see him on television documentaries about Pearl Harbor. I'm sorry I didn't have the chance to see him again after my graduation, but I often thought about his Pearl Harbor expertise whenever the subject came up. The country has lost a true patriot. Rest in Peace, Major Goldstein.

Jeff Cameron
Major, USAF (Ret)
December 31, 2017
Don Goldstein and I were colleagues and friends for 33 years. He was loved and respected by generations of our students, especially by those in our Security and Intelligence Studies program.

Don didn't post office hours because his door was always open and he was willing to help students throughout the work day and often well after it. He was both loved and respected - "loved" because of his willingness to spend as long as it took to give students advice and "respected," because his advice would always be candid even if it sometimes took a "tough love" form. Not least, he was willing to invest many hours of his time in arranging his long-remembered trips to Washington for students during which they had opportunities to meet senior policy-makers, all of whom seemed to be Don's buddies.

Faculty who began by regarding Don as a folksy "character" eventually realized that there was, behind the perennial unlit cigar,a really shrewd judge of people and an astute observer of GSPIA's politics. I remembered for years some of his comments because they were so often prophetic, for better or for worse.

Don talked frequently and proudly about his family and its achievements. Above all, he was exceptionally fortunate to have in Maryann a true life partner - a wife and mother of great warmth and obvious
dedication.

To her and their children, we offer our sincerest condolences and our promise to contribute appropriately to the designated student fund that will memorialize a truly memorable colleague and friend.

Martin Staniland and Alberta Sbragia, University of Pittsburgh
December 28, 2017
I remember Professor Goldstein so fondly. I was really honored to help archive all his papers and notes from his books and research at the University of Pittsburgh. He reminded me "these photos and papers are the first draft of history." You were a great teacher and mentor. I won't ever forget you. Rest in Peace, Goldy.
December 23, 2017
My condolences on the passing of Dr. Goldstein. He was the Director of Placement Services when I was a graduate student at the University of Pittsburgh's Graduate School of Public and International Affairs. Everyone knew Dr. G. He was a true force of nature, so much so, that I wish I had him for a class. It probably would have been the best class I ever took while I was at GSPIA.