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Richard J. Goldberg


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Richard J. Goldberg Obituary
July 22, 1923 - July 13, 2017 Richard J. Goldberg, Ph.D., world-renowned photographic scientist, most widely known for the Technicolor Dye Transfer Process and for his 1952 thesis A Theory of Antibody-Antigen Reactions, which became known as 'The Goldberg Theory'. Born in Des Moines, Iowa, July 22, 1923 to Jacob and Zena Goldberg, he received his B.S. and M.S. from Northwestern University, and Ph.D.s in Chemistry and Biology from Caltech. His education was interrupted by WWII, when he worked on the Manhattan Project at Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Dr. Goldberg joined Technicolor Motion Picture Corporation in 1953 working for its founder, Herbert T. Kalmus, and became Director of Research and Development. During this time he conducted the official photographic recording of the NASA Saturn Program. In addition to his work in color motion pictures, for decades Dr. Goldberg served as a sole-source contractor to the Government of the United States, designing classified film systems. In the 1980s and 1990s, he served as a consultant to the motion picture industry of the People's Republic of China, and to L. Jeffrey Selznick of the Louis B. Mayer Foundation. His laboratory and archives have been donated to the George Eastman House in Rochester, New York, by grant of the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. Dr. Goldberg was the holder of many patents and the recipient of many honors. He was a long-standing member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and chaired the Laboratory Subcommittee of the Scientific/Technical Awards. He is predeceased by his parents and by his brother, Stanley. He is survived by his children Sally, Martin, and Jacqueline, by his grandchildren Nicholas, Hannah, and Paul, and by his wife Patricia. Services 12:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 18, 2017 at Mt. Sinai Hollywood Hills.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from July 16 to July 17, 2017
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