Alvin Goldman
1923 - 2020
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Alvin Goldman MD
Alvin Goldman, a Danbury Pediatrician, who worked tirelessly and passionately to enhance the lives of children and to promote Jewish education and culture, died peacefully in his Danbury home on July 14. He was 96 years old.
Dr. Goldman was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. on August 7, 1923, the son of the late Ida and Harry Goldman. He attended James Madison High School in Brooklyn and subsequently graduated from the University of Michigan with a B.S. in Bio-Chemistry and a determination to become a medical doctor. World War II intervened and he joined the U.S. Navy serving in the Department of Epidemiology in the South Pacific. After discharge from the Navy, he earned an MS in microbiology from The University of Texas.
In 1953, Dr. Goldman earned his pediatric degree from the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Zurich, Switzerland. He began the practice of Pediatrics in Danbury in 1957 and found great gratification in working with children and their families. In 1960 he joined Dr. Robert Joy to form Pediatric Associates. Both doctors, close friends as well as partners, continued in this practice until their retirement in 1993. During these years, Dr. Goldman served on the Danbury Hospital staff with two terms as chairperson of the Department of Pediatrics. Along with Drs. Joy, Draper, and Randolph, he spearheaded the founding of the first Danbury Hospital Childrens' Clinic.
Recognizing child abuse as a serious and often unreported issue, Dr. Goldman along with Drs. Joy, Fong, and Gundy worked to educate physicians and develop programs for the prevention of child abuse. In an effort to facilitate more comprehensive programming, Dr. Goldman organized and chaired the Commission for a Safe Community, bringing together representatives from Danbury Hospital, the Danbury Public Schools, Danbury Police Department, clergy, and social service organizations all working together toward integrated community planning to deal more effectively with child abuse. One of the outgrowths of this effort was the founding of Families Network of Western CT, originally chaired by Dr. Joy and his wife, Nan. Dr. Goldman worked closely with this organization from its inception and continued serving on its Advisory Board until his recent illness.
After his retirement, Dr. Goldman worked with Danbury Hospital's Wellness on Wheels, an innovative program dedicated to providing care and guidance primarily to undocumented children in the Greater Danbury area.
Always active in the Danbury Jewish Community, Dr. Goldman served as president of Congregation B'nai Israel, the Danbury Jewish Federation and its National Board and B'nai B'rith, a Jewish service organization. Dr. Goldman devoted much creative energy to developing educational and cultural programs of Jewish content. One of those programs was The Jewish Cultural Arts Society in which he brought together leaders in the greater Danbury Jewish community to work cooperatively in establishing an art series of performances to showcase well known Jewish entertainers of music, dance, and theater. Perhaps his greatest satisfaction was as a founder of Maimonides Academy of Western CT, a Jewish Day School with classes for pre-school through sixth grade. The school existed for over thirty years providing enrichment to the Jewish community and a high standard of excellence in education for the many students that passed through its doors.
In recent years, Dr. Goldman developed a program in the Danbury Area Public Schools bringing Israeli teens together with their American peers. Meeting in social studies classes the two groups shared their lives and cultures learning about their commonality and differences.
Over the years, Dr. Goldman received numerous awards in recognition of his extraordinary leadership and public service.
Dr. Goldman is survived by his wife of 63 years, Pat Mendlovitz Goldman, a son, Hillel of Danbury, a daughter, Beth and husband, John Coniglio of Conklin, N.Y., a sister Selma Goldman Peltz, four grandchildren who always brought a twinkle to his eye: Elisha and Ben Coniglio and Evan and Gabby Goldman, a sister and brother-in-law, Renee and Dr. Kopel Burk and sister-in-law Miriam Gold as well as many beloved nieces and nephews. He was deeply appreciative of his immediate and extended family and greatly enjoyed spending time with them.
Due to concerns facing us all currently regarding social gatherings, all funeral services will be held privately for the immediate family.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Dr. Goldman's memory might be made to Congregation B'nai Israel, 193 Clapboard Ridge Road, Danbury 06811, Families Network of Western CT, 5 Library Place, Danbury 06810 or to Regional Hospice & Palliative Care of Western CT, 30 Milestone Rd., Danbury, CT 06810



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Published in Danbury News Times from Jul. 15 to Jul. 16, 2020.
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July 24, 2020
Alvin was such a delightful person to be with, and he was a great friend to our dad the passed few years. I will dearly miss seeing him on my visits home - the twinkle in his eye, the kindness in his heart. Wishing strength and love to his family.
Sonia and Donald Rae
Friend
July 20, 2020
I met Dr. Goldman at Danbury HS, where I worked as a school nurse. He volunteered his time to provide physicals, immunizations and medical care, for uninsured students on the WOW Van. I will always remember him as a gentle, caring and kind man, who cared deeply about children.
My condolences to his lovely wife, Pat and his family. May the happy memories bring you comfort and peace.
Joan Mandzuk, RN
Acquaintance
July 20, 2020
Hillel, I am so sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. My heartfelt condolences to you and your family.
Pam Turosky
July 19, 2020
Our hearts go out to the Goldman family. Alvin was such a good, kind person, and we will miss him. You are all in our prayers.
Mary, Rachel, and Isaac Ohring
July 19, 2020
Dr. Goldman was such a wonderful and dynamic man. He saved my life when I was a baby. I also went to school with Hillel. I will keep you all in my prayers.
Valerie (Godfrey,) Salasevicius
Acquaintance
July 18, 2020
Dr. Goldman was my pediatrician in the 70's and 80's. Being adopted, he was so kind explaining how loved I was. He took a personal interest and remembered such details when I would see him, (which was generally on an annual basis) but took a sincere interest in his patients. He was iconic in our community. Heartfelt condolences to family.
Jennifer Economou Dawson
July 18, 2020
Alvin was loved by all. He will be missed by all. Our condolences to the Goldman family.
Ken and Ronnie Erdmann & Mrs. Erdmann
Friend
July 18, 2020
Alvin was my pediatrician until I finally had to find an adult Dr. He was the epitome of the word mensch. The world is a little darker with him gone. I will miss seeing him when I go back to Danbury celebrations.
Lynn S Kass
Friend
July 18, 2020
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Shirley Libby
Acquaintance
July 18, 2020
Dr. Goldman was my pediatrician in the 60s and 70s...the office was across from Bargain World on West Street. He was so very kind and gentle, I was never afraid to go to the doctor (and I was there a lot). I was not surprised to hear of all his good works.. he was an amazing man. May he now rest... condolences to the family.
Kathy McRedmond Gold
Acquaintance
July 17, 2020
Dr. Goldman will always be remembered as a gentleman and humanitarian of the very highest order. His efforts to bring Israeli students annually to New Fairfield High School and to other schools, in cultural exchange programing, has had a profoundly positive impact on countless young lives.
With deepest sympathies to the Goldman family,
William Jones, Jr.

William Jones, Jr.
Friend
July 17, 2020
When I was about 4 I had a visit with Dr Goldman and I made a vanilla easy bake oven cake with bright pink frosting and jimmies. He acted as if I had given him gold! Little children never forget the kindness of adults!
Jennifer Wanzer Zeidler BSN
Friend
July 17, 2020
Dr. Goldman exemplified all the best qualities of what it means to be a Danburian. His service to the community touched so many souls and his positive impact will be felt for generations. My sincere condolences to his family and many friends. It was my pleasure to meet Dr. Goldman at the Danbury Museum as he secured his collection of cultural ephemeral items to be studied and researched by all our subsequent generations. Thank you Dr. Goldman, may you rest in peace.
Brigid Guertin
Acquaintance
July 17, 2020
Pat, and Hillel, and to all your family as well. I am so sorry to hear about Alvin's passing. He did so much good in his long life and I only knew about a little piece of it. There was so much more! I will share news with my mom who will be so sad as well. She cherished her acquaintance with you Pat and with Alvin. May his memory always be a blessing.
Barbara Manners
Acquaintance
July 17, 2020
Hillel, my deepest condolences on the passing of your magnificent father. What a life, what a legacy. The smarts, the drive, the ambition I remember of you throughout all our school years are wonderful attributes you no doubt inherited from your father. Sympathies to your entire family.
Lynn Radachowsky-Negron
Acquaintance
July 17, 2020
A Beloved Soul! He was my Pediatrician and my 5 Childrens
Munsey Murphy Alston
Friend
July 17, 2020
Danbury was fortunate to have Dr. Goldman. He was a great Doctor and a very kind man.
Veronica & Steven Passaro
July 17, 2020
his dear man gave me and my husband a start in Danbury and he will always be part of my memories. His wife Pat was always at his side and I could fill a book about his wonderous achievements. He made things happen!
Cynthia Morgan
Friend
July 16, 2020
Hillel, we are so very sorry to hear of the passing of your dad. He was such a fine man and community leader. Our thoughts to you and your family at this difficult time.
Jeanette & Doug Owens
Jeanette Owens
Friend
July 16, 2020
Alvin was devoted to the well being of children, the perpetuation of Jewish culture and education as well as the state of Israel. His kind word, his beautiful smile and his brilliance and passion will be missed. You were one of a kind....lol To Pat and the family, we wish you peace and beautiful memories .
Barb and Art Phillips
Friend
July 16, 2020
Dr. Goldman was and still is a highly respected - GURU - of our youth in Danbury area as I remember many fine people addressing his accomplishments on Comcast Cable TV Public Access Channel 23 over the years and in our city classrooms too. We commend and send our grieving thoughts to all of Dr. Goldman's family. I first learned of Dr. Goldman's countless contributions to Danbury area children via Pershing Pharmacy as a kid delivering Danbury News-Times there as a paperboy. RIP: DR. GOLDMAN and finest thoughts to his family now.
Albert Bruhn
Teacher
July 16, 2020
I loved Dr Goldman! He was a wonderful caring man and always took great care of my 4 children. We all should aspire to live like him.
Joyce Northrop
Friend
July 16, 2020
Hillel, Evan and Gabby, sorry for your loss. Your father and grandfather was an amazing person. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. - Chris and Bryan Powers
Chris Powers
Friend
July 16, 2020
So sorry to hear the passing of your Dad, Hillel...what wonderful accomplishments he had in the medical field..Danbury was lucky to have him for so many years...Prayers of condolence to you and your family.
Sue Baldwin Elbaum
Friend
July 16, 2020
What a kind soul Dr.Goldman was. He saved my life when I had spinal meningitis as an infant and was the doctor of my three children until he retired. A few years after his retirement my daughters and I ran into him and we were astonished he still knew their names even though they had been toddlers when he retired. A twinkle in his eye and a wonderful sense of humor, he will not be forgotten. Our thoughts are with you during this sad time.
DONNA MOORE
Acquaintance
July 16, 2020
am so sorry to hear this. I have known Dr. Goldman probably my entire life! My parents and especially my Mom were close to the Goldmans enjoyed their company and brilliance. I see the amazing life he had and how he created goodness everywhere. May you be comforted by his cherished memory always. My condolences to the family.
Susan Steinberg Waldman
Friend
July 16, 2020
Hillel, My condolences to you and your family.
Nadine Desposati
Neighbor
July 16, 2020
Condolences to family and friends. My parents Leonard and Marion Burkat lived a couple of houses away and would take my oldest son (as a toddler) to the annual Goldman SUkkoth celebration and my husband Henry Hall knows Hillel through the Danbury Democrats. A long life well-lived.

Henry and Caroline Burkat Hall
Caroline B Hall
Friend
July 16, 2020
Hillel, I am so sorry for your loss.
Karin NeJame
July 15, 2020
Many, many years ago I was a patient of Dr. Goldman. After all of these years I still remember his patience, his kindness and his dedication. I want to express my sincere condolences to his family for their loss. May he rest in eternal peace.
Wayne Gallo
Acquaintance
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