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Goldstein Program in Public Affairs

Louis L. Goldstein

He was a legendary figure in Maryland politics, renowned for his down-home charm, keen business sense and tireless energy. In his 60 years in state government, including 40 years as state comptroller, Louis L. Goldstein ’35 traversed Maryland thousands of times. He knew every town and village. In each of his decisions, he was motivated by what was best for the citizens of Maryland.

Goldstein was equally renowned for promoting Washington College. He joined the College’s Board of Visitors and Governors in 1957, serving until his death in July 1998. As chairman of the board for 18 years, Goldstein was an influential leader who took great delight in seeing Washington College grow and flourish. He believed in the value of the liberal arts and sciences, and he believed in teaching by example.

Louis L. Goldstein began his political career as a member of the House of Delegates in 1938, shortly after earning a law degree from the University of Maryland Law School. He served until 1942, when he joined the U.S. Marine Corps during WWII, and was State Senator from 1947-59.

In recognition of his example of public service, in 1990 Washington College created an endowment to support The Louis L. Goldstein Program in Public Affairs. Through a series of lectures, symposia, visiting fellows, and other projects, the program fosters awareness of how government works and how public policy is established, both domestically and abroad.

Upon the establishment of the program Goldstein commented: “As someone who loves history, I take particular pride in Washington College. Our history, so closely linked to the creation of a new nation, is what distinguishes us from other selective liberal arts colleges in the country… As a member of the Board of Visitors and Governors for the past three decades, I have a continuing commitment to its future.”