Alan Goldberg, public safety, passed away on Oct. 9, 2008
October 4, 1950 – October 9, 2008
Alan R. Goldberg, 58, of Montgomery Township died Thursday, October 9, 2008 at home of a heart attack.
Born in Lakewood, New Jersey, he resided most his life in the Princeton area. Alan was a computer administrator for Princeton University, where he had worked since 1975. He evolved with the technology, beginning as a mainframe operator and working in almost every phase of hardware, software, network, and technical administration. He taught classes, designed the first PC “clusters” for students, and consulted with University staff, students, and faculty, helping them to make better use of computer and network resources. He was partly disabled when he fell down the stairs at Nassau Hall in 2000 carrying a PC, and had a special mission to help people with disabilities. Despite chronic pain he was known for his humor and warmth; and he was a mentor to many younger staff members.
In 2004 he found his dream job, supporting the computing needs of Princeton’s Department of Public Safety. Here he combined his computer skills with his zeal for emergency service. While with Public Safety, he helped the department manage the move to new quarters, and set up new servers and a communications center. A skilled volunteer EMS technician, he was also a member and past chief of East Windsor Township Rescue Squad (1978-1999), and a member of the Montgomery Rescue Squad (after 2000). He trained new drivers and technicians, served as a radio officer, and provided computer support for these squads. Alan also volunteered as a bird bander and watershed monitor, was a member of the New Jersey Audubon Society and other nature conservation groups, and was a volunteer for the SkyWarn weather service. He enjoyed music, photography, science fiction, and cooking.
Son of the late Robert and Jean (Simon) Goldberg of Lakewood, he is survived by his wife Laurie Larson (of Princeton’s Office of Information Technology); and by his children of his first marriage to Cynthia (Gant), two sons David and Todd Goldberg, daughter Heather Goldberg and granddaughter Morgan Goldberg.
The funeral service was held at 2 PM Saturday, October 11, 2008, at the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home at 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton. The Princeton University flag was flown Oct. 11-14, 2008, in his memory.