Richard Goodwin 1932-2018

Richard Goodwin

US President Lyndon B. Johnson consults with assistants while drafting the State of the Union address at the White House in Washington, DC, January 12, 1966. From left: Richard Goodwin, Jack Valenti, President Johnson, and Joseph A. Califano, Jr., then special assistant to the president. (Photo: AP Photo/The White House)

Richard N. Goodwin, A53, H95, the renowned writer and advisor to presidents, died on May 20 at his home in Concord, Massachusetts, after a brief bout with cancer. He was eighty-six.

While an undergraduate at Tufts, Goodwin edited the Tufts Weekly, was a member of the debate team and the student council, and was announcer for home basketball games. He later graduated from Harvard Law School (after taking two years off from his studies to serve in the US Army) and went on to clerk for Supreme Court Justice Felix Frankfurter, and to work for John F. Kennedy’s presidential campaign in 1959.

With Theodore Sorenson, Goodwin wrote speeches that helped Kennedy win the 1960 election. Kennedy named him deputy assistant secretary of state for inter-American affairs when Goodwin was just twenty-nine years old. Goodwin later became Lyndon B. Johnson’s speechwriter, then served as special assistant to the president. Of particular note among his many accomplishments, Goodwin wrote Johnson’s “We Shall Overcome” speech on voting rights that was delivered before a joint session of Congress on March 15, 1965—just a week after deadly racial violence erupted in Selma, Alabama.

Goodwin also illuminated America at a pivotal moral crossroads in the “Great Society” speech that he wrote for Johnson in 1964. That speech set forth the president’s ambitious social policies aimed at ending poverty and promoting racial justice.

Goodwin went on to do writing and media work for the presidential campaigns of both Eugene McCarthy and Robert Kennedy. He also served as Washington editor of Rolling Stone, continued practicing law, and married the historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, H95, who later won the Pulitzer Prize. Goodwin’s books on American political history include Triumph or Tragedy: Reflections on Vietnam and Remembering America. Tufts awarded him and Kearns Goodwin honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degrees in 1995, and he delivered the commencement speech at the university that May.


Brian Golden 1940–2018

Brian M. Golden, MD, A61, M65, A89P, a former Tufts trustee and member of the Tufts Medical Board of Advisors and the Tufts Alumni Council, died on May 30, at the age of seventy-eight. Golden majored in chemistry and captained the lacrosse team as an undergraduate at Tufts, then attended Tufts School of Medicine. His connection with Tufts continued throughout his life.

Born in Medford, Massachusetts, Brian was the loving husband of Mary P. Golden, née Bochniak, and the loving father of Brian K. Golden, A89, an associate head coach of the Tufts golf team, and John M. Golden of Austin, Texas. He is also survived by two sisters, Maurene L. Golden, J59, AG61, and Elaine D. Sacco, J63, as well as Elaine's husband George, all of Medford, Massachusetts; by two brothers, Denis E. Golden, A66, and Terence C. Golden, a graduate of Harvard University, as well as Terence's wife Diane, all of Rockport, Massachusetts; by two sisters-in-law, Roberta Poulos of Framingham, Massachusetts, and Gretchen Golden of Rockport, as well as Roberta's husband Peter; by his mother-in-law, Mary Bochniak of Uxbridge, Massachusetts; and by many nieces and nephews. Brian was predeceased by his parents, J. Laurence Golden and Helen I. Golden; by two brothers, J. Laurence Golden and J. Richard Golden; and by his father-in-law, John F. Bochniak.

Brian was educated in the Medford school system, Buckingham Browne & Nichols in Cambridge, Phillips Andover Academy, and Tufts University for both college, where he captained the lacrosse team, and medical school. He served, often by election of his peers, in undergraduate and medical school as well as professional association offices, including in the Tufts Alumni Council, the Tufts Board of Trustees and Board of Overseers, the Tufts Medical Alumni Association, and the Massachusetts Medical Association. Following his orthopedic residency in Boston, Massachusetts, Brian served as Lieutenant Commander in the United States Navy under the Berry Plan. After this service, he returned to Medford, where he became a noted physician and surgeon at the Lawrence Memorial Hospital and other local hospitals. At the Lawrence Memorial, he served as Chief of Orthopedic Surgery for many years and as Chief of Staff. He also served as a diplomat for the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons and as an advocate for medical doctors on legislative matters. Brian's real passion, however, was to serve his patients with the best care possible. From 1972 to 2004, he served as the team doctor for the Medford High School football team and was inducted into the Medford Mustangs Hall of Fame in 2008. 

Brian enjoyed spending time with friends and family as well as exploring the outdoors. Brian pursued his interest in snorkeling with his brother Richard in the waters off Good Harbor Beach in Gloucester, Massachusetts, and also pursued this interest in the Gulf waters by Sarasota. Substantially as a way of spending time with others, he increasingly took up playing golf as a member of the Winchester and Meadows Country Clubs. 

Donations in Golden’s memory may be made to the Dr. James Laurence Golden and Helen Murphy Golden Scholarship Fund, Attn: Eric C. Johnson, Senior Vice President for Tufts University Advancement, 80 George Street, Suite 100-3, Medford, MA 02155.


Monte Haymon 1937–2018

Monte Haymon, E59, J83P, J85P, a former Tufts trustee and member of both the Tufts Alumni Council and the School of Engineering’s Board of Advisors, passed away on May 5.

“He felt strongly that his Tufts experience shaped the man that he became,” said Haymon’s daughters, Karen Rubin, J83, Debra Bloom, J85, A14P, and Jackie Katz, in a statement. “He believed deeply in education and supported this belief with his generosity to the university.”

Haymon earned a BS in chemical engineering at Tufts and later completed Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program. In the 1980s he was named president and CEO of the Packaging Corporation of America. Under his leadership, the company produced record-breaking revenues, tripled operating earnings, and grew from a domestic to an international concern. In 1986, Fortune magazine named Haymon one of its People to Watch. In later years, he served as president and CEO of Sappi Fine Paper North America, sat on company boards across the US and Europe, and became director at the American Forest & Paper Association.

Haymon served for ten years on the Tufts Board of Trustees, and eleven as chairman of the School of Engineering’s Board of Advisors. “He had quite a dynamic and confident style. He had a tendency to make people a little bit better than they thought they could be,” said Steve Karol, A76, who worked with Haymon on the School of Engineering board before taking over as chair. “He was very thoughtful and intuitive and he understood people.” Haymon and his wife, Jane, A60, J83P, J85P, established the Monte and Jane Haymon Family Endowed Scholarship Fund in 2006 for Tufts undergraduates with financial need, helped fund undergraduate term scholarships and graduate fellowships, supported Tufts Hillel, and were challenge donors for Tufts’ 2015 Giving Tuesday campaign. “We give back to help others less fortunate to achieve a quality education, realize the Tufts experience, and position themselves for a fulfilling life,” Haymon said during the 2015 campaign.



Professor of Fine Arts Emeritus Ivan Galantic, A83P, F84P, died at his home in Belmont, Massachusetts, on February 23 at age ninety-six. He is survived by his wife of sixty years, Elizabeth Joyce Galantic, A83P, F84P; son John, A83, F84; daughter-in-law, Alexandra; and two beloved grandchildren, Alexi and Isabella.

An art historian who specialized in the Italian Renaissance, Galantic was a successful painter before he decided to pursue teaching. He began his long
tenures at both Tufts and the Harvard Extension School in 1971. Among other honors, he received the Petra T. Shattuck Excellence in Teaching Award in 1996 and a Distinguished Service Award at Harvard Extension; a scholarship fund established by former Tufts students provides for the annual awarding of the Ivan Galantic Special Achievement in Humanities Prize.