Ronald Edwin Goldenberg

Ronald Edwin Goldenberg

Ronald Edwin Goldenberg, 88, passed away peacefully on November 7, 2019. He is survived by his beloved wife of 63 years, Carolyn Sachs Goldenberg, his children Mark Goldenberg and Cheri Cardon (Reid); grandchildren Jennifer Layne Bhalla (Jay), Brett Cardon (Marisa), and Benjamin Goldenberg; sister Janet Baron (the late Richard) and brother Larry Goldenberg (Gay); sisters-in law Darlene Grosser (the late Larry) and Myrna Danzig (Howard). 

Ron was born in Hammond, Indiana on August 14, 1931, the son of the late James and Edna Goldenberg. He graduated from Clayton High School, Clayton, Missouri and received Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees of Science from Washington University and a Ph.D. in education from Oklahoma State University.

He enlisted in the Naval Reserve in 1950 and was on active duty during the Korean War at the U.S. Naval Amphibious Base in Coronado, CA; he was assigned to Beach Jumper Unit One.

Ron’s career began in teaching at Normandy and University City Public Schools in St. Louis. He also taught at the University of Georgia as an associate professor. He served as Dean of the School of Education, Dean of the Graduate School and Assistant Vice President of Academic Affairs at the University of Evansville in Evansville, Indiana.  He retired in 1997 from Eastern Michigan University, where he served for 12 years as Dean of the Graduate School and Vice President for Research.

Ron and Carol retired to Hilton Head Island, SC in 1997. He was active with the Jewish community and served on the board of directors and was principal of the Sunday School at Temple Beth Yam. He enjoyed his involvement with the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and served as Flotilla Commander, Division Captain, and Rear Commodore North in the 7th Coast Guard District.  

Ron and Carol moved to In Richmond, VA in 2011. He served as Coast Guard Auxiliary Member Training officer at the flotilla and division levels. Ron was an avid history buff and thoroughly enjoyed exploring Virginia’s historical sites. He had a great love for and cherished his time with family and friends. Graveside services were held Sunday, November 10th at Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery, Chesterfield, Mo. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to the National Kidney Foundation.