Michael Goldberg, associate professor in the University of Washington Bothell School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, joined the UW Bothell faculty in 1993 in American studies. Known as an enthusiastic teacher with a sense of humor who challenged students, Goldberg taught core courses in American studies with an interest in the intersection of history and cinema, particularly Hollywood films.
Michael Goldberg passed away on December 26, 2016 at the age of 57. He had diabetes since he was a teenager and had undergone years of dialysis for kidney failure. Goldberg is survived by his wife, Elizabeth de Forest, and teenage sons Asher and Jonah.
Michael was critical to the development of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences and UW Bothell as a campus. His commitment to students was unwavering. His presence will be deeply missed and his influence lasting.
“I believe the job of a university professor is to give students the opportunity to gain the skills, knowledge and experience that will help them to expand their personal horizons, to become more effective and active citizens and to have the ability to take the next step toward a range of possible vocations,” he wrote about his teaching philosophy.
Memorial donations may be made to:
The Children's Defense Fund
Northwest Kidney Foundation Fund for Hemodialysis Education
UW Bothell Student Emergency Fund