Sheila Lefcourt Goldman
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Niantic - Sheila Lefcourt Goldman passed away peacefully April 15, 2021. She was a first generation immigrant, the daughter of Sara Fern Ellner and Raymond Lefcourt. She was forever proud of her father who opened and ran a corner drugstore during the depression.

Raised on Staten Island, Sheila attended Curtis High School and Cornell University, graduating in 1953, with honors in philosphy. Sheila was a member of Alpha Epsilon Phi sorority and a campus reporter for The Cornell Daily Sun. She minored in mathematics and was awarded membership in the Kappa Delta Epsilon honor society for her service excellence as a student teacher in the Ithaca schools. During her junior year, Sheila met Irving Goldman, and they married in 1952. Last August they celebrated their 68th anniversary.

Sheila followed Irv to MIT in Cambridge, Mass., where she worked as an engineering technician in their supersonic wind tunnel design laboratory. She went on to work as a chemical librarian at Arthur D. Little, Inc. During a one-year residence in Cincinnati, Sheila worked with engineers at General Electric on the design of jet engine blades. She and Irv returned to Cambridge, in 1957, and she assumed her former position at ADL. In 1960, Irv began his career as a research chemist at Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, and they moved to Niantic. Daughter Alix was born in 1961, and son Glenn in 1965.

She furthered her education in computer programming at Connecticut College in New London. In 1980, she began a 15-year career teaching middle school students in French, computer programming and mathematics at the Pine Point School in Stonington. Sheila integrated technology into the classroom and was an early member of the International Council for Computers in Education. Sheila was so proud of her award-winning Math Counts students. In 1994, she was nominated for a Presidential Teaching Award. She retired at the end of the 1995 academic year. At each year's graduation from Pine Point, the school faculty recognizes the middle school student who "displays the curiosity, joy of discovery, and problem-solving skills that are fundamental to mathematics" with the Goldman Award for Excellence in Mathematics.

Retirement provided time to enjoy family and to travel. Moving to be near family in Vermont after Irv's retirement, together they enjoyed hiking, cross-country skiing, their golden retriever, Molly, cooking, writing, reading, socializing and regular exercise and more continuous appreciation for the beauty of nature, gardening, birding and photography. Sheila most enjoyed playing a role in the early childhoods of her five grandchildren, all of whom are now professionals. Sheila and Irv built their lives together with love, mutual support and admiration.

Sheila was predeceased by her husband Irv. They are survived by their daughter, Dr. Alix Casler; Alix's children, Sam, Matthew and Nicholas Casler; Sheila's and Irv's son, Dr. Glenn Goldman and his children Gregory and Jeffrey; Glenn's partner Nina Curtiss and her son Sam; her sister Bette Hadler and her family of Boulder, Colo.; and extended family in Illinois and Arizona. She has also enjoyed her close friendship with Irv's remaining cousin, Dr. Richard Goldman, who also retired in Vermont.

The family extends our deepest thanks to Dr. Frank Landry for his compassionate care over many years. They also express thanks to Drs. Adam Kunin, Todd Holmes and Peter Cataldo and their staffs at the UVM Medical Center.

Contributions in Sheila's memory should be made to the Fund for Teaching Excellence at Pine Point School, 89 Barnes Road, Stonington, CT 06378. There will be no formal funeral, but rather a Celebration of Life at a later date.

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Published in The Day on Apr. 20, 2021.
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May 2, 2021
We lived next door to Irv and Sheila for more than a decade. They were fantastic neighbors and really good role models for us. They were full of life, enjoyed people and believed in their inherent goodness, and were very welcoming. They will always represent the best of America to us. They will be missed.

Sam & Trupti Guhan
Sam & Trupti Guhan
April 27, 2021
We send our deepest sympathy to Sheila's caring family. It was a pleasure to have known her
and Irv.
Donna Austin
April 26, 2021
Sheila and Irv were neighbors for many years. We shared many interests and became very close while our children were growing up. In my heart I still thank them both for their compassionate help during my husband'a illness. I love Sheila and will always remember her.
Dotty Honohan
April 24, 2021
What an incredible person! Early education at Cornell then back to school to study computer programming; a chemical librarian, later a teacher of French and computer programming and mathematics. And much more. My condolences to her children and grandchildren.

(From a patient of Dr. Glenn Goldman.)
Tom McAuliff
April 23, 2021
Dear Alice and Glen,
I was so saddened to hear of the loss of your mother. Sheila was one of my dearest colleagues at Pine Point. I remember her passionate efforts in tutoring her students for the Math Counts competitions and her ardent support of her colleagues. Here is a photo I managed to find of Sheila helping me out with the annual French dinner for the French students. She is slicing the French bread and did so much more. She was so warm and caring!
My sincerest condolences to you on losing your parents so close together. I also clearly remember your father Irv. His gentle manner and considerateness of others come to my mind first. It is heartening that your parents had lovely years with their grandchildren. I hope many wonderful memories bring you solace.

Theresa Cormier
French Teacher at Pine Point
Theresa Cormier
April 22, 2021
Dear Alice and Glenn,
I have fond memories of you and your loving mom and dad. I remember Irv and Shiela were always there for you while you were students at the ELJHS. Please accept my deepest condolences for the loss of your amazing parents.
Lynn Brown
April 20, 2021
On behalf of everyone at Pine Point School, I want to express our great sadness on hearing the news of the passing of Sheila. That your family is still wrestling with the death of Irv not even three months ago is difficult enough. This past Sunday, while having dinner with one of our daughters and her husband, I happened to watch two cardinals either kiss, or pass a sunflower seed between them. I can't help but recall that image now and think about Irv and Sheila as I reflect on their many shared interests (notably their passion for the outdoors and life in Vermont) and their love of family and how those things were central to who they were and a source of joy for them in their long life together. Finally, it’s extraordinary that twenty-six years after her retirement from our school that Sheila and her family would encourage memorial gifts in her name be made in support of Pine Point. We send you our heartfelt condolences, our love, and our thanks.
David Hannon
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