Hayden B. Goldberg ’49

Hayden B. Goldberg ’49 died on January 3, 2012, in Brooklyn, New York.

He was born in Gardiner on February 23, 1929, and prepared for college at Gardiner High School. He was accepted to Bowdoin after three years of high school, and went on to be a dean’s list student, James Bowdoin Scholar, and a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He was president of Alpha Rho Upsilon fraternity. He graduated cum laude and earned a master’s degree in English literature from Columbia University in 1951. He completed the requirements for his doctorate at Cambridge University in England. He began his teaching career with positions at Dartmouth College and Temple University. In 1962, he was appointed assistant professor at Newark (N.J.) College of Engineering (now New Jersey Institute of Technology) where he taught until his retirement in 1994. He was an avid antiquarian, attending shows and auctions with his sister, Faye Montell, a respected Maine dealer for more than 50 years, in their search for English Staffordshire china. He and his partner began collecting “Old Blue” American historical patterns in 1963, amassing a collection of almost 800 pieces containing nearly all the known views. Transferware Collectors Club photographed and documented their collection for an online exhibit, “Patriotic America: Blue Printed Pottery Celebrating a New Nation.” In the July 1981 edition of The Magazine Antiques, he published “The Earliest Known Example of Historical Blue Staffordshire,” an earthenware plate with a medallion portrait of George Washington and the arms of the United States. Two later articles explored the architecture of Charles Bullfinch on Historical Blue Staffordshire. He also was a devotee of the opera, a passionate stamp collector, and a devoted fan of the Boston Red Sox. He is survived by his partner of 57 years, Curtis F. Brown. He was predeceased by two sisters, Joan Goldberg and Faye Montell.

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