In Memoriam: GSPIA Professor Emeritus Donald “Goldy” Goldstein

Dr. Donald Goldstein, affectionately known to many GSPIANs as “Goldy,” has passed away after a lengthy illness.  During his 35-year career at the University, Dr. Goldstein taught 259 courses, presented more than 14,000 lectures and took approximately 3,700 students on a two-day tour of the nation’s capital. 

He was the author or co-author of over 50 articles and 21 books.  His most famous is At Dawn We Slept: The Untold Story of Pearl Harbor, which is in its 20th printing. The book was first runner-up for the Pulitzer Prize in 1982 and was on the New York Times bestseller list for 47 weeks.  His book, Miracle at Midway, was on the bestseller lists for 9 weeks. Other books by Goldstein and his associates include December 7, 1941, Pearl Harbor: The Verdict of History, The Williwaw War (the story of the Arkansas national guard in World War II Alaska), Target Tokyo: The Story of the Sorge Spy Ring, Nuts: The Story of the Battle of the Bulge, D-Day Normandy, The Spanish-American War, Vietnam, The Korean War, Fading Victory: The Autobiography of Admiral M. Ugaki, The Pearl Harbor Papers, and a biography of Amelia Earhart.  All the above books were Book-of-the-Month Club, History Book Club or Military Book Club selections.

He also served as the director of the Matthew B. Ridgway Center, and contributed tremendously to the University by donating a collection of World War II artifacts to the school. He also established two endowments at GSPIA, and contributed financially to University initiatives. This work earned him the honor of being inducted into the Cathedral of Learning Society, which recognizes individuals who have donated $1 million or more to the University. In honor of Goldy, GSPIA presents two faculty members with the Goldstein Outstanding Teacher Award during the school’s graduation ceremony.  


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