Audrey L. Goldberg ’59
February 21, 2013
Audrey L. Goldberg ’59 was a longtime in-house counsel for Pan American World Airways and one of the company’s first female corporate officers. She passed away on February 21, 2013, at the age of 78.
Goldberg graduated from Smith College and enrolled at Columbia Law School in 1956. She was one of just 12 women in the 1959 graduating class.
Goldberg began her legal career as an assistant attorney general for the state of New York. She then served as a staff attorney for the Columbia University Project for Effective Justice, a Law School organization that conducted research into the civil justice process. In 1966, Goldberg was named associate director of the project.
In 1970, she joined the legal department of Pan American World Airways (Pan Am). She was named senior attorney three years later, before being elected secretary of Inter-Continental Hotels, a subsidiary of Pan Am. Upon her election, Goldberg became the company’s first female corporate officer.
Goldberg spent four years working as assistant general counsel at the Gimbel Brothers department store after leaving Inter-Continental in 1976. She returned to Pan Am as assistant general counsel in 1980, and retained the same position with Inter-Continental when Pan Am sold the hotel company in 1981. Goldberg was named a vice president at Inter-Continental in 1983.
Goldberg also dedicated nearly 10 years of her career to working as deputy general counsel at Phoenix House, a national drug-rehabilitation organization, in New York City. She retired in 2002.
Goldberg is survived by her husband, Ralph Goldberg ’59; her children, Judy and David; and four grandchildren.