Bethlehem native, Dr. Gordon J. Goldberg, BA, MA, PhD., passed away on May 3, 2022. Born on April 25, 1933 to the late Harry and Esther Goldberg, he attended Liberty High School class of 1951 and Lehigh University class of 1955. He went onto the University of Pennsylvania where he received his MA in History. He later received his PhD. from Lehigh University in 1971.
Gordon then returned to the Lehigh Valley and worked on his doctorate while teaching at Allen High School for 5 years. In 1964 he received a call from President DeFrancesco to teach at Kutztown University where he went on to have a 35-year career. He was chair of his department, chair of faculty senate, instrumental in raising administration standards and founder and first director of the University Wide Honors Program. He and Rose Lee founded the Goldberg honor scholarship.
From the time of his first sabbatical Gordon and Rose Lee traveled all over the world touching on all 7 continents. Gordon loved sports, he followed the Brooklyn Dodgers to LA and loved the Eagles. He was a longtime golfer with 2 holes in one to his credit. He served on the boards of Congregation Brith Sholom the Program for Women and Families, Jewish Community Relations Council, and taught classes at the Jewish Community Center and at Brith Sholom.
He is survived by his wife Rose Lee of 58 ½ years and children David Goldberg of Huston, TX and Debra Goldberg of Hellertown.
SERVICES: A funeral service will take place on Thursday, May 5, 2022 at 11:00 A.M. where the family will receive friends and relatives from 10:00 A.M. until the time of service in Congregation Brith Sholom,1190 Maccada Rd., Bethlehem, PA 18017. Burial will follow in Brith Sholom Cemetery, Fountain Hill. A memorial tribute may be placed at www.cantelmifuneralhome.com.
CONTRIBUTIONS: In lieu of flowers contributions can be made in Gordon’s memory to Congregation Brith Sholom, Kutztown University Foundation, or a charity of one’s choice.
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