Obituary: Thelma Goldberg, Boston Symphony life trustee, 80

Posted on: March 20, 2015

“Thelma Goldberg was the business manager of the Little Orchestra Society in New York City when she married, moved to Boston, and first set foot in Symphony Hall,” writes Bryan Marquard in Friday’s (3/20) Boston Globe. In a 1999 interview, Goldberg said it was “close to a religious experience…. Her knowledge of Symphony Hall, BSO colleagues say, was surpassed only by her devotion to the organization. Elected to the Board of Overseers in 1982, Mrs. Goldberg chaired that board from September 1992 to August 1995, and was elected a trustee in 1994. Five years ago she was named a life trustee.” Goldberg grew up in London and was evacuated to the countryside as a child during World War II; her family settled in the U.S., where she graduated from Mount Holyoke College. Goldberg “also served on the Board of Advisors of Project STEP—String Training and Educational Program—for students of color, an organization that promotes racial and ethnic diversity in classical music.” Survivors include her husband, Ray Goldberg, George M. Moffett professor emeritus of agriculture and business at Harvard University, a daughter, and two sons. A service will be held on April 14 in Memorial Church in Harvard Yard. 

Posted March 20, 2015