On the Passing of Board of Trustees President William S. Goldman

It is with great sorrow that the Walter & Elise Haas Fund mourns the loss of its board president, William S. ‘Bill’ Goldman.

Bill, the great-grandson of Walter and Elise Haas, died in a plane crash on Thursday, July 13th. Out of deep respect for him and all the members of the Goldman and Haas families, our offices will be closed today, July 14th.

Bill Goldman was an integral part of the Fund, upholding a family tradition of which he was most proud. His loss is shocking and tragic. Bill was a wonderful human being — smart and funny and committed to his family and his community. The Fund and all connected with it are diminished by his passing.

His work and his love will continue to inspire us. Our hearts go out to his family.

Bill Goldman had served on the board of the Walter & Elise Haas Fund since 2006 and he recently assumed the role of Board President. He also served on the boards of the New Israel Fund and the Richard W. Goldman Family Foundation. Bill taught international studies at the University of San Francisco as an Assistant Professor. He is survived by his wife and two children, who remain in our thoughts.



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  1. Sonya Watson

    Sending my deepest condolences to Bill Goldman’s family and all of you at W&E Haas and R/R Goldman Fund. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Sonya Watson
    Tides Foundation, SF

  2. Hilary Abell

    How very very sad. My condolences to all who were blessed to work with and know him.

  3. Kelley Gulley

    My thoughts go out to Bill’s family and the Haas/Goldman Foundation Families at this most difficult time. Thank you for sharing this news, so that we can support you with encouraging thoughts, words and prayers.
    Be encouraged my friend,

  4. Lynn Merz

    Dear Pam and members of the Haas Sr. Fund Trustees and Staff, It is with great sadness that the staff of the Mimi and Peter Haas Fund heard of the death of Bill Goldman. Please know that our thoughts are with you all.
    In sympathy,

  5. Katy Daniel Arnold

    To all the staff & board – I was shocked to see this, and I am late to realizing this news. What a profound loss for the family and for the organization. Bill will be greatly missed.
    Sending my condolences to all.
    -Katy (Daniel) Arnold

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