Patty (Grollman) Goldman was born in Easton, Pennsylvania in 1939 to Herman and Elaine (Knobel) Grollman. After growing up in Easton she attended Wellesley College. She met her husband, Dick, on a blind date in her sophomore year. That summer she went to Bordeaux, France on the Experiment for International Living and she and Dick spent time together in Europe.
They were engaged on Thanksgiving Weekend in 1958 and married in June of 1959. Patty attended Barnard College for her senior year but graduated with a degree from Wellesley College.
After Dick’s graduation from law school, they moved to Boston. It was an exciting time for Patty with new friends and new opportunities for activities and community involvement.
Patty lived a full life, notwithstanding two bouts with breast cancer and a long siege with Parkinson’s. She was a reporter for the Newton Times where she covered City Hall and won the respect and admiration of many city officials. She also served as Vice President of the Newton chapter of the League of Women Voters.
After her first bout with cancer she wanted to make a contribution to the Beth Israel Hospital where she had surgery. She was instrumental in the formation of the Friends of Beth Israel Hospital, a combination of the Women’s Auxiliary and Men’s Associates.
She served as Executive Director of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of New England where she was involved in starting an annual golf tournament for fundraising. Her lifelong interest in learning led her to the Lifelong Learning Program at Brandeis University and worked on its summer program on current events. She also participated in the English as a Second Language program at Newton City Hall.
She and her husband Dick received the Community Service Award from the American Jewish Community in 2003.
She loved traveling, golf, book groups, and in later years, winters with Dick in Key Biscayne, Florida.
She touched the lives of so many people. Her sister-in-law defined her as “having a heart of gold and a strong moral compass.”
We, her family, will miss her terribly but are proud of the life that she lived and how she touched the lives of so many people.
She is survived by her husband, Dick; her children, Elaine and Stephen; her daughter-in-law, Heidi Klein; her grandsons, Henry and Nathaniel; her brother-in-law, John Goldman; her sisters-in-law, Joan Spivak and Gail Grollman; and many loving nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives. She is predeceased by her brother, Bill Grollman.
We want to express our appreciation to the Beth Israel Hospital, in particular Drs. Lowell Schnipper and David Simon for their outstanding care to and for Patty. We also appreciate the care of Mature Caregivers and Care Dimensions.
There will be a virtual memorial service on Tuesday , January 12 at 7pm, the link for which can be obtained from the family. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations in Patty’s memory may be made to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.
May she rest in peace!