Gregory I. Goldberg

Gregory I. Goldberg, PhD, a researcher at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, died of heart failure on Saturday May 21, 2022, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. He was 75.

Dr. Goldberg was a professor in the departments of Biochemistry and Biophysics and of Dermatology. He spent most of his 50-year research career at Washington University School of medicine, retiring in June of 2019.  One of his scholarly works describing a mechanism of activation of an enzyme that degrades collagen was cited nearly two thousand times and was a seminal contribution to that field.

His life motto could be summarized by a quote at the entrance to his office:

“One ought, every day at least, to hear a little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture, and, if it were possible, to speak a few reasonable words.”
― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Dr. Goldberg was born in Moscow on October 3rd  1947 to Isaak  Goldberg and Galina Ginsburg. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Moscow University, and PhD in Molecular Biology from Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel.  Dr. Goldberg joined the School of Medicine in 1980, as a postdoc and remained there through retirement as a professor. Greg was also an avid sailor, cook, devoted father, and a beloved larger than life personality.

He is survived by his three children Ilya Goldberg, Avi Shimon Goldberg and Rebecca Ellen Goldberg; three grandchildren Ariel P Goldberg, Sophia I Goldberg and Alexander I Goldberg.

A Private Graveside service was held.

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