April 20, 2020 – This past weekend RCAM lost one of our giants.
Alan Goldman, MD passed away late Friday night after battling an extended illness.
RCAM Pediatrician from 1971 to 2007
I have been lucky to have worked with some talented, good people. Alan most definitely was one of the most talented and one of the best.
He worked as a pediatrician at RCAM for 36 years.
He went to Harvard University for his undergraduate degree. Anyone who knew him found that easy to believe, because he was smarter than the rest of us. You picked up on that because it was obvious, not because he ever flaunted it.
He was an accomplished pediatrician. He was the first pediatrician in Wake County who had specialty neonatology training and helped to advance neonatal intensive care in this area.
Never a Negative Word
Alan had a very pleasant and calm demeanor. I never saw him frazzled, and I never heard him say a bad or even negative word about anyone the entire time I knew him.
I will write that again just to be clear. I never heard him say a bad or even negative word about anyone.
We worked together for 11 years. There was a time when we shared an office. I saw him plenty away from work – typically, it involved some carpentry (one of his many talents).
Never. A. Bad. Word.
He Brought the Party
Alan was fun, and he was almost always working on something that would bring people together for the sake of entertainment.
So many of us have been regaled by something Alan planned: Poker nights, Christmas party games, Super Bowl games, March Madness brackets. The list goes on and on…
I knew Alan to always be preparing for the next gathering where everyone would be entertained by some sort of quiz, riddle, or trying to remember the words to “Good King Wenceslas” (How many Jewish men know all the words to “Good King Wenceslas”? Alan did.).
Our Hearts Are Heavy
Words are difficult at times like this. Alan was truly one of the RCAM greats.
He set a high bar for excellence in skill, attitude, and community.
Alan meant so much to our office, but – also – he meant so much to so many others.
Our hearts ache for the Goldman family.
UPDATE 4/21/2020: Dr. Goldman’s family wrote a beautiful remembrance that you can find here