Jerome L. Goldman

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Jerome L. Goldman, engineering pioneer, philanthropist, and civic leader, died September 5, 2013, at his home in New Orleans. He was eighty-nine years old. The son of Lithuanian immigrants Sarah Lang and William Goldman, Jerry Goldman was born in Kankakee, Illinois and attended Emerson High School in Gary, Indiana. He obtained his undergraduate degree in 1944 from the University of Michigan School of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering in two years and nine months. He was the only civilian in the graduating class. Immediately upon graduation, he contributed to the WWII efforts by working very closely with Andrew Jackson Higgins at Higgins Industries in New Orleans. In 1946 at the age of 22, Mr. Goldman started his own naval architectural firm and after working with Chevron and other companies, Goldman and Cdr. V.H. Friede created Friede and Goldman Ltd., which became an international leader in ship and offshore rig design. Goldman contributed to the design of the first jack-up rig in 1952, and continued his innovative work on jack-up rigs, submersibles, semi-submersibles and catamaran drillships. Mr. Goldman was the inventor and holder of a vast number of patents. In the sixties, he designed the revolutionary Lighter Aboard Ship, known as LASH. These designed ships made it possible for easy interchange of cargo from ship to ship, made shallow ports around the world accessible, and significantly reduced the turn around time required for loading and unloading. His earlier claim to fame, which has gone down in ship design history, is being the inventor of the All-Hatch concept which provided safer and more efficient ship operation. By the 1970s, the All-Hatch concept became a world wide standard for general cargo and container ships. He received various national and international recognitions including the Elmer A. Sperry Award, became the first engineer and the second person to receive the Offshore Technology Conference Distinguished Achievement Award for Pioneering Work in Offshore Design, Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers David W. Taylor Medal for Innovation Achievements in Naval Architecture, the C. Alvin Bertel Award , inductee into the Offshore Pioneers Hall of Fame for being an "Industry Pioneer", awarded the Most Distinguished Alumni at the opening of the Robert H. Lurie Center for Engineering at the University of Michigan, and he was bestowed Honorary Doctorate of Science Degrees from University of Michigan and from the University of New Orleans. The Goldman Wing that was added to the University of Michigan Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering Building was one expression of his appreciation to his alma mater. Besides his numerous engineering accomplishments, Mr. Goldman designed and built both the Chevron building and One River Place. The high-rise condominium was one of the first residential buildings in New Orleans built on the banks of the Mississippi River and one of the first in the country to be built on air rights. His devotion over the years to the New Orleans community was expressed by his time and philanthropy to organizations such as University of Michigan, UNO School of Naval Architecture, Tulane University, National WWII Museum, Temple Sinai, Metropolitan Crime Commission, Court Watch NOLA, Liberty's Kitchen, Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, Jewish Federation, Touro Infirmary, and Metairie Park Country Day School with a special Leah Goldman Karp lecture series dedicated to his loving daughter Leah. His passion for learning, engineering, philanthropy, and for his New Orleans community was surpassed only by his love for his family and friends. He is survived by his wife of fifty-nine years, Lynne Weinberger Goldman; his daughters, Anne Goldman Brinkley of Austin, TX (Dr. Douglas Brinkley), Hope Goldman Meyer of New Orleans (James Meyer), Edward Karp of New Orleans (Anne-Marie Karp); and six grandchildren who adored and admired him: Benjamin Karp, Jeremy Meyer, Emma Meyer, Benton Brinkley, Johnathan Brinkley, and Cassady Brinkley. He is preceded in death by his children Leah Goldman Karp and Scott Goldman. A memorial service will be held Monday, September 9, at One River Place, 2nd Floor Entertainment Suite, officiated by Rabbi Edward Paul Cohn, at 3:30 p.m. Please omit flowers. Donations in Mr. Goldman's memory to Court Watch NOLA, Liberty's Kitchen, Metropolitan Crime Commission, UNO School of Naval Architecture, Metairie Park Country Day School, Tulane University or a charity of your choice would be most meaningful to his family. Tharp-Sontheimer Funeral Home of Metairie is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be expressed online at For information regarding the service (504) 835-2341.
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