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Goldman, Harris
December 27, 1932 - May 13, 2011
Harris Goldman, violinist, was born in Torrington, Connecticut and began his studies on the violin at an early age. He graduated from the Eastman School with bachelor's and master's degrees and the artist's diploma. While there, he was concertmaster of the Eastman Orchestra and simultaneously played in the Eastman-Rochester Orchestra under Leinsdorf. After graduation, he entered the army and became concertmaster of the Seventh Army Orchestra stationed in Germany. Following discharge, he moved to Los Angeles, pursued his doctorate at USC, and upon graduation, spent ten years on the faculty there as Adjunct Professor of violin, chamber music and chamber music history and literature. He performed widely throughout this period in Europe and the U.S. as part of the Goldman-Brown violin-piano duo. Several Los Angeles composers wrote works for the duo, five of which were recorded on the Orion label. The duo was awarded the Alice M. Ditson Award from Columbia University. Harris was also a member of the Paganini String Quartet and was chosen to be an adult auditor in Jascha Heifetz's master classes at USC. Harris was active in the music recording industry from 1980 on, was a member of the RMA and Union Local 47. He leaves behind his wife, Marilyn, step-children Rob, Bruce and Richard Hanford and their wives, his sister, Ruth Commanday, and Ramah, Karen, Annie and Frank, nieces and nephews. He will be cremated and his ashes buried in Cambria, where Marilyn and he enjoyed a second home. A private memorial is planned in Cambria. In lieu of flowers, send contributions to Southern Poverty Law Center or charity of your choice.

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Published in Los Angeles Times from May 16 to May 20, 2011.
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May 12, 2020
Harris was a special friend and I still dearly miss the helpful phone conversations we had following our time in the 7th Army Symphony Orchestra. RIP Harris.
Carl Rubis
May 10, 2020
I miss the good man
Tom Egan
June 13, 2011
Harris was my Godfather and a dear friend of my parents, Janet and Mitch Weiss. He was a wonderful spirited man , who loved the gifts life had to offer. He will be deeply missed by the Weiss family.
Cecilia Weiss
June 8, 2011
Harris was the most important teacher I had and continues to influence my work as a professional violinist and college professor. His methodical approach to teaching has formed the basis of my String Pedagogy course at Colorado State University and his passion for chamber music has fueled my own. His performances in the Goldman-Brown Duo were amongst the most inspiring I have ever heard and his wisdom is still cherished. My condolences to his family.
Leslie Stewart
June 5, 2011
Harris was a dear friend and a true gentleman. I'll miss him.
Trudy Egan
June 5, 2011
Harris was a friend and a gentleman, I know of no higher praise.
Thomas Egan
June 2, 2011
I am saddened by the news of Harris' passing. He was a man of integrity both personally and musically. He had a youthful enthusiasm for music and a mature appreciation for it. We spent many an afternoon or evening reading and studying string quartets, and we even rang in a few musical New Years. Rest in peace, dear Harris. You will not be forgotten. My condolences to Marilyn and all of Harris' family.
Nancy Roth
May 26, 2011
We are saddened to hear of Harris' passing. We knew him in the Cambria environs and appreciated his wonderful wit, gracious kindness and fascinating intellect. Our condolences to Marilyn and the family.

Becky and Burt Adams
Becky Adams
May 20, 2011
Harris was a great neighbor and an endlessly fascinating human being, able to talk enthusiastically and knowledgeably about a host of subjects. I can see him now, returning from the library with an armful of books and tapes on subject as diverse as pre-Civil War baseball to acclaimed analyses of current politics, in both the U.S. and around the world. I miss him already.
Richard Leary
May 20, 2011
To my friend, mentor, colleague, and father figure - you will always be missed and never forgotten. Thank you for setting an example of a life well-lived.
Robert Matsuda
May 19, 2011
May, 19, 2011
Harris was a dear friend. Very humorous, kind, generous and always a gentleman. You will be greatly missed. We know you are thinking this...if you remember me only with tears, then don't remember me at all. Remember me with smiles and laughter for that is the way I'll remember you all.
Tony and Caroline Cooke
May 19, 2011
Harris was a fine neighbor in Cambria and a fellow gym member. He was generous, humorous and good-natured. He leaves behind a rich legacy in music and friendship.

Thank you for sharing a part of your life with us, Harris!
Joseph Gutierrez
May 18, 2011
Your always upbeat and optomistic phone calls will be greatly missed.
Thanks, Harris for your thoughtful advice and friendship. Rest in peace, dear friend.
Carl Rubis
May 17, 2011
In Loving Memory
Adieu to my good friend Harris Goldman. Your creative spirit and your love of life, plants and music will remain in my memory. Thank you for sharing you spirit with so many people in so many ways
Jean Sudbury
May 17, 2011
May you rest in peace!
graciela mares
May 17, 2011
I knew Harris personally and professionally, he was a fine musician and always a gentleman.
May 17, 2011
Glenn Grab
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