For more than 40 years, Patricia Goldman has had a special place in her heart for Barrow Neurological Institute.
As neighbors of Barrow founder John Green, MD, Goldman and her husband, Leonard, were introduced to Robert Spetzler, MD, and his wife, Nancy, when Dr. Spetzler was new at Barrow.
“Dr. Green invited us over to dinner to meet Robert, Nancy and their children,” she says. That was the beginning of a long friendship with Dr. Spetzler and a lasting relationship with Barrow.
In 1972, Goldman was asked to join the Women’s Board of Barrow Neurological Foundation, but her travels left her little time to volunteer. Several years later, however, her husband’s job settled down, and she joined the Women’s Board.
In 1984, she served as the chairman of a St. Joseph’s redevelopment committee—a strictly volunteer position— to build the hospital bridge over Third Avenue.
Goldman has supported many projects at Barrow through the years, including the construction of the 70,000-square- foot Neuroscience Research Center in 1997 and the recent renovation of the eponymous Goldman Auditorium on St. Joseph’s campus.
To show her commitment for Barrow’s future, Goldman has made several planned gifts in the form of charitable gift annuities.
Goldman’s commitment isn’t just financial. “I’ve made a lot of good friends through my involvement with Barrow. It means so much to me. It is, by far, my most important charity, if you can call it a charity,” she says, “It is one of the most important things in my life.”