William Sachs Goldman
February 10, 1979 to July 13, 2017
William (Bill) Sachs Goldman, 38, died last month when his private airplane crashed in Sonoma County.
The son of Susan Sachs Goldman and the late Richard Walter Goldman, Bill was born and raised in Washington D.C., where he attended the Sidwell Friends School. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in History from Yale University, where he was a member of the Yale Glee Club and a photographer for the Yale Daily News. He received his master’s degree and doctorate in history at the University of California, Berkeley.
Since 2012, he was an assistant professor of international studies at the University of San Francisco, where he specialized in early modern Spanish history. Bill loved sharing his knowledge not only with his students but also with family and friends; on trips, at dinner parties, wherever he could find an audience. He’d previously taught at Stanford University, and was a former research fellow at the University of California, Los Angeles.
He was active in a variety of philanthropic endeavors. In 2012, he and his siblings founded the Richard W. Goldman Family Foundation to help underserved children and communities gain access to education, health, and financial resources. He was treasurer of the international board of directors of the New Israel Fund, a nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering civil rights and democracy in Israel. He served as president of the board of directors for the Walter and Elise Haas Fund, a family foundation that supports economic security, education, Jewish life, and the arts in the Bay Area.
He was a volunteer pilot with Angel Flight West, flying 13 missions since 2013 to transport critically ill adults and children to receive medical treatment. He was passionate about flying, political discourse, gourmet food, a good Manhattan, long bike rides, the Washington Redskins, and the San Francisco Giants, but his greatest love was his family.
He’s survived by his wife, Serra Falk Goldman, and their two children, George Richard Goldman and Marie Aliena Goldman, as well as his mother, Susan Sachs Goldman; brother, Daniel Sachs Goldman, sister-in-law, Corinne Goldman; sister, Alice Goldman Reiter, and brother-in-law, Benjamin Reiter; brother-in-law, Harry Falk IV and wife, Rochelle Falk; and brother-in-law, Taylor Falk and wife, Rachel Falk. Bill was a beloved uncle to 10 nieces and nephews.
The family encourages memorial donations be made to his children’s school, La Scuola International School, or the New Israel Fund.
Kathleen Carroll Nibbi
October 3,1945 to July 13, 2017
Kathleen “Kathy” Carroll Nibbi passed away July 13, 2017, ending a five-year battle with Leiomyosarcoma.
Kathy was born on October 3, 1945 in San Francisco. The oldest of six children, she took pride in looking after her five younger brothers, while0 her father worked as a butcher, her mother as a nurse. She graduated from Mercy High School, and attended San Francisco College for Women (Lone Mountain).
In 1962, Kathy met her husband, Larry, at a Riordan High School dance. The two high school sweethearts married in 1967. Many family gatherings were celebrated at Kathy and Larry’s home. Kathy loved to cook, bake, make pasta from scratch, try new recipes from her travels, sew, garden, and take care of her home. At Christmas, she’d bake homemade cookies for weeks. Her greatest passions were being a wife, mother and grandmother, nurturing a fifty-year marriage, three daughters, and three grandsons, who affectionately called her “Lala.”
Kathy took several cruises to global destinations, and vacationed at annual Spring Training trips to Scottsdale, and at the family home in South Lake Tahoe.
In addition to her family life, Kathy was committed to giving back to her community. For more than 40 years, she was an active member of the San Francisco Auxiliary to the Children’s Hospital at Stanford, which later became Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford. As a dedicated volunteer-leader, she chaired the Auxiliary’s Jewel Ball – one of San Francisco’s longest-running charity benefit events, started 65 years ago, to provide funding for medical care for children in need – three times, and served as the organization’s president for three years. She also was president of Packard Hospital’s Association of Auxiliaries, and served on the Board of Directors of Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford soon after it opened in 1991.
Kathy is survived by her husband, Larry Nibbi; three daughters, Gina Nibbi, Michele Nibbi, Amy (Dan) Leder; grandsons Daniel, Jay and Timothy Leder; brothers John Carroll, Michael (Sonia) Carroll; brother-in-law Sergio (Karen) Nibbi, and many nieces and nephews. Kathy is preceded in death by her parents, Kevin and Carolyn Carroll, and her brothers, Kevin, Brian, and Dennis Carroll.