Edward L. Goldman Sr., 75, global computer executive, passed away on Aug. 12, 2013, after an accident in his home in Quincy, MA. Born and raised in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, Edward was a graduate of the LaSalle Academy in 1955, earned a BA from Brown University and a JD from Georgetown Law School, where he also taught for a time as Adjunct Professor of contract law. He was truly an American patriot and a citizen of the world. In 1965, after a successful Naval career which included being the Executive Officer on the USS Brattelboro and working in the War Room for the Chief of Naval Operations in the Pentagon during the conflict in Vietnam, he began working on President Johnsons Pennsylvania Avenue Commission helping to revitalize the Main Street of our nations capitol . Throughout the 1970s , Goldman worked for the pioneering computer corporation, Sperry Univac, eventually as Director and General Counsel , which afforded him the opportunity to travel the world negotiating and overseeing the legal aspects of selling their legendary computers across the globe, and also as Chief Lobbyist, advocating for the nascent computer industry in Washington, D.C . While there he served on President Reagans 1981 Task Force on Trade with Nonmarket Economies, advising the administration on ways to improve global commerce. In the early 1980s he indulged his love of travel and lived abroad where he served in various capacities including CEO, General Counsel, International Counsel and Asia Pacific Regional Manager to major high tech companies including Apollo Computer and the EMC Corporation. He managed and negotiated a wide variety of business transactions in both the domestic and international environment and lived and worked in both Europe and Asia. Throughout his time abroad he enjoyed meeting many wonderful people from various cultures and touched their lives with his easy going, open personality. In the late 1990s he settled in Quincy, Massachusetts for a quiet retirement where he achieved his life-long dream to own a boat in New England waters. For the past ten years he kept himself active consulting on various projects. He was the beloved husband of Margret Branschofsky; father of five children, two stepchildren and four grandchildren. He is also survived by a brother and sister. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend a memorial service on the campus of Brown University at the University Chapel on Aug. 23, 2013 at 11 am. with a reception nearby to follow services. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory can be sent to Courageous Sailing of Boston Massachusetts, which provides sailing lessons to disadvantaged children: http://www.courageoussailingorg/donate-volunteer.
Published in The Patriot Ledger on Aug. 19, 2013