Rhoda Haas Goldman

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Rhoda Haas Goldman
Born 1924
San Francisco, CA
Died February 17, 1996 (age 72)
Nationality American
Occupation Philanthropist
Known for Richard and Rhoda Goldman Fund
Spouse(s) Richard Goldman
Children John D. Goldman
Douglas E. Goldman
Susan R. Gelman
Richard Goldman (deceased)
Parent(s) Elise Stern
Walter A. Haas

Rhoda Haas Goldman (1924 – February 17, 1996) was an American philanthropist in San Francisco, California.


Goldman was one of three children born to Walter A. Haas and Elise Stern and an heiress to the Levi Strauss fortune.[1] She is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley.[2] In 1946, she married Richard Goldman. In 1951, the couple founded the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Fund, a foundation that has donated over $680 million to various organizations.[1][3] She was a major supporter of environmental causes and San Francisco arts organizations[4] and a co-founder with her husband of the Goldman Environment Prize in 1990.[5]

She served as president of the San Francisco Symphony, chairwoman of San Francisco's Memorial to the Six Million Victims of the Holocaust, director of the Mount Zion Health System, president of the Mount Zion Hospital and Medical Center,[2] and president of Congregation Emanu-El, the city's largest reform Jewish synagogue.[1]

Personal life[edit]

She had four children with her husband, Richard Goldman: John D. Goldman, Douglas E. Goldman, Susan R. Gelman,[1] and Richard Goldman (deceased).[6] Funeral services were held at Congregation Emanu-El in San Francisco.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e Moore, Teresa (February 19, 1996). "Rhoda Haas Goldman, Philanthropist, Dies at 71". San Francisco Chronicle. 
  2. ^ a b New York Times: "Rhoda H. Goldman, Civic Benefactor, 71" February 20, 1996
  3. ^ "Richard and Rhoda Goldman Fund". Retrieved 6 January 2011. 
  4. ^ Rubenstein, Steve (22 February 1996). "Hundreds Mourn Rhoda Haas Goldman / Family, friends remember philanthropist". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 6 January 2011. 
  5. ^ "Founders". Goldman Environmental Prize. Retrieved 6 January 2011. 
  6. ^ Jewish Telegraph Agency: "Philanthropist Richard Goldman dies at 90" By Ami Eden November 30, 2010

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