Henry J. Goldschmidt ’35 was a highly regarded friend to Columbia Law School whose commitment to the Law School’s students and alumni remained steadfast for nearly seven decades.
Goldschmidt graduated from Columbia College in 1932 and received his law degree in 1935. He was a senior partner at Goldschmidt & Goldschmidt. The Goldschmidt family has a long history with Columbia College and Columbia Law School. Goldschmidt’s father earned his pharmacy degree from Columbia College in 1901 while his son, Larry, and daughter-in-law, Maya, graduated from the Law School in 1967 and 1971 respectively. In keeping with the tradition, his granddaughter, Erica, graduated from Columbia Law School in 1999.
Throughout his life, Goldschmidt maintained strong ties to his alma mater. He was a life member of the Columbia Law School Alumni Association and served several times as co-chairman of his class reunion committees. In addition, Goldschmidt served as Law School Fund chairman from 1963 to 1966, served on the Annual Fund Committee from 1963 to 1982, and was a member of the Harlan Fiske Stone Fellowship Committee. He created the Goldschmidt Fellows Program at Columbia College, which brought leading figures in public life and the arts to campus for periods of residence.
The Henry J. Goldschmidt Scholarship was established in his honor in 1977 by friends and family. The scholarship provides financial support to a law student who is also a Columbia College or Barnard College graduate.