Roy Goldman Goldman

Profile Updated: December 5, 2016
Residing In: Monroe Twp, NJ USA
Spouse/Partner: Isabelle
Occupation: troublemaker
Children: Joey- age 32.
From Isabelle: 3 grown adults.
So far: 9 darling grandchildren ranging in age More…from 9 months to 17. Not sure how long the boys aged 9 months to 9 will remain darling....
Yes! Attending Reunion
Comments:

Life has been FUN. In addition to a teriffic family, I have had an interesting professional life. From the time I left grad school in 1979 until 1996, I worked for several companies, mostly in a niche consulting industry.

In 1996, I joined Mintax as a managing partner. In 2006, the company was sold to ADP, and I spent the next 3 years wandering around in the black hole of corporate America waiting for my non-compete to expire.

Started a new company with 3 partners just before our 40th reunion. Things went well the first 3 years but my local partner and I had a falling out with our Tennessee partners in late 2012 and we sold out to them. Since then I have been doing independent consulting with a company in Chicago and Seattle which keeps me busy when I am not doing personal travel and constantly spending money and time repairing my rust bucket of a boat....

In addition to being in the situation where I loved every job I held (with the minor exception of ADP),

I have been lucky enough to have traveled much of the world. My professional responsibilities have enabled me to travel to every major US city multiple times and to most states.

Once the kids were grown, Isabelle and I have traveled much of the world, not just to the usual destinations in Europe, South America and Asia, but to some exotic locations including India, Nepal, Cambodia, Australia, Micronesia, the Galapagos and the Amazon.

Since the last reunion I have added Mongolia and the Bolivian jungle to my "exotic" destinations as well as numerous trips to more conventional spots.

As a lover of the water and boating, we currently reside on a lagoon in South Jersey with my boat docked in the back yard. In addition, we have an oceanfront place on a semi-remote island in the Carribbean in Belize, which back in my Central days was the British Honduras.

THANK YOU CENTRAL!

School Story:

I still remember attending Freshman orientation in early September of 1965 like it was yesterday (well, ALMOST like it was yesterday), with Mr. Smith playing "The War March of the Priests."

On the first day of school I met Alan Gold in Mr. Kidney's Latin class. We found out that we just lived a few blocks from each other. He asked if I wanted to take the bus home together. I told him that I couldn't as I as trying out for the freshman football team. He pointed at me, laughed and said, "You, with that body?"

I was cut later that afternoon. Alan and I became best friends and inseparable for the next 4 years (except in classes, where he was all advanced placement and I was mostly remedial.)

In 12th grade, I (and everyone else in the class) was in utter trepedation when I walked into English class in Mr. Cades homeroom. What a RELIEF when, with great flair and style, Mr. Logan entered as our teacher.

Every year, on the last day of school, Alan Gold, Gary Turetsky and I would walk all the way to our homes in NE Philly, with of course, several junk food and coke 'fill-ups' at local grocery stores. In my case, in two of those years, it really was not my last day since I had to attend summer school, courtesy of Mr. RW Werner after 9th grade, and Mr. Brooks and Mr. Moliver after 11th grade. My 9th grade bus to summer school (at Olney High) became known as the 'Flunkyville Express."

As I read the profiles of my classmates, I am struck by several observations.

One observation is how much pride I have in their success, and the number of my classmates of the 228 who went on to become accomplished leaders and professionals in fields that help our society, including medicine, research, engineering, law, business and of course, teaching.

Another observation is what a mischievous lot we were! Some of that quality may be a byproduct of the overall intelligence of our class, and the need for a (healthy?) outlet to counterbalance the academic and in some cases athletic competitiveness that was experienced day-to-day. I also think the fact that we were 14 year olds who had to on our own make our way to School (in most cases, several miles) on public transportation, which helped us mature (a little) faster, and made us more independent and prone to prankery. But the main factors in forming the character of the 228 and most other CHS classes were:(1) the bond we developed by attending an all-boys school (and for 4 years, rather than the customary 3); 2)the teachers and administration that tolerated and without our knowledge controlled our behavior (to some degree); and 3) the sense of tradition and pride that we magically absorbed from being part of the school with traditions going back to 1836.

I don't know -but I suspect- THAT part of the school is dead and buried. Not only because classes are now coed, but because we live in an era of 'zero tolerance' in schools. I understand why things are the way they are and that one of the constants of life is change. But, to continue a discussion from Mr. Malloy's World Cultures class, not all change is good. I can still lament it. Its the romantic in me. Maybe some of the great current teachers in the 228, like Frank Greco who still teaches at Central or Gary Turetsky who teaches locally, may beg to differ? I don't want to sound like an old fart or my Grandparents friends back in the 60's, but I'm glad that I grew up then and not now.

Attending 45th Reunion (09/21/14)

Yes

Attending Reunion Golf (09/19/14)

No

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Posted on: Aug 18, 2019 at 5:17 PM

Wayne,
You probably won't remember me, but I remember you. You were always nice enough to be social with me, and since at best I was a middle-of-the-road (being generous to myself) student and not a good athlete (although I wanted to be), I always looked up to you. I think that maybe we had Latin together with Kidney in 9th or 10th grade or both. Or not. It WAS a long time ago.

Reading your first post I am 50 years too late in being upset about the Yearbook "vote." I can't speak for those who "elected you", but I can only say for myself that I took the designation as a compliment about your athleticism. I and everyone who I knew who knew you thought of you as a smart, personable terrific guy and a great athlete. No doubt back then, even given all of the social changes, we were not very sensitive. I was delighted to see the pics of you doing the lecture in South Africa, so your accomplishments have lived up to your Central legacy among those who knew you.

Harold Cottman and I have stayed in touch and become good friends over the years, even though we lost touch for large periods. About 20-25 years ago, I asked Harold specifically about you and all he said was that you were disconnected from Central. It saddened me personally, but I never pried into any details.

However, whether you remember me or not because this note is not about me, I urge you to consider coming to the Reunion. You will find that many of us changed over the past 50 years, and I hope for the better. I also think that if you go to the Reunion and go to our event Central, you will be damn impressed by the school in 2019. Although more than 60% of the students come from families below the poverty line, they continue to excel. The students, faculty and administration are even better than when we were there. Central was recently designated as the most diverse High School in the country. You may not know, but the 228 set up a class gift fund to raise $228K between our 45th and 50th Reunion, and we have met our initial goal. Over the past few years we funded many projects, from classes no longer supported by the school district, to Shakespeare performances, to monies for needs of disadvantaged students to a contribution to the capital campaign to build a new wing (ground is broken) to meet the future needs of a school bursting at the seams.

Please consider coming to our events on November 8th and 9th. I know of dozens of classmates who would love to see you and I would hope that you may gain a new perspective on the past.

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Aug 20, 2017 at 12:33 PM

I echo Ronald's thoughts.  I did not know Allan that well, but I do remember him that way.  We are all diminished by the loss of a classmate.  

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Oct 15, 2014 at 11:29 AM

Hey Steve, don't know if you remember me, but I recognized your name and I believe that we had some classes together, maybe chemistry with Wild Bill Brooks? In any case here I am taking a walking tour of Old City Krakow and a nice young man asks me about the Eagles backpack I am traveling with. Turns out to be your son and his girkfriend. Small world, eh?

Sep 10, 2014 at 8:22 AM