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On the Passing of the Walter & Elise Haas Fund Board President William S. Goldman

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Northern California Grantmakers joins with the Walter and Elise Haas Fund to mourn the tragic death of William S. Goldman. Read more about his legacy from the Walter & Elise Haas Fund below: 


On the Passing of Board of Trustees President William S. Goldman

by Pam David

It is with great sorrow that the Walter & Elise Haas Fund mourns the loss of its board president, William S. ‘Bill’ Goldman.

Bill, the great-grandson of Walter and Elise Haas, died in a plane crash on Thursday, July 13th. Out of deep respect for him and all the members of the Goldman and Haas families, our offices will be closed today, July 14th.

Bill Goldman was an integral part of the Fund, upholding a family tradition of which he was most proud. His loss is shocking and tragic. Bill was a wonderful human being — smart and funny and committed to his family and his community. The Fund and all connected with it are diminished by his passing.

His work and his love will continue to inspire us. Our hearts go out to his family.

Bill Goldman had served on the board of the Walter & Elise Haas Fund since 2006 and he recently assumed the role of Board President. He also served on the boards of the New Israel Fund and the Richard W. Goldman Family Foundation. Bill taught international studies at the University of San Francisco as an Assistant Professor. He is survived by his wife and two children, who remain in our thoughts.

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