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Name: Goldman, Jerome (1922-2014)

Historical Note:

Jerome Goldman was born October 20, 1922 in Camden, New Jersey, to the late Morris Goldman and Edith Tietelman Goldman and raised in New Jersey. He graduated from Camden High School in 1940 and enrolled in Purdue University. After Pearl Harbor, he enlisted in the United States Army Air Corps where he served with distinction, flying B-29's in the Pacific Theater, 20th Air Force from July 1942 through April 1946. He then returned to Purdue, where he majored in Aircraft Performance and Design. Goldman received his Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical Engineering in 1947. He was originally in the Class of ’43, which was the first class at Purdue to be awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical Engineering. Upon graduation he went to work as a flight officer for United Airlines.

In 1953 he returned to Purdue University, to serve as a pilot and as Director of Flight Operations and Engineering for Purdue Aeronautics Corporation and later Purdue Airlines, Inc., Purdue's "teaching airlines," which were instrumental in providing flight training to Purdue professional pilot students in the 1950s, 1960s, and early 1970s. Goldman worked on his graduate degree, taking classes at night, while employed as Chief Pilot for Purdue Airlines and Purdue University Professional Pilot Program. He received his Master of Science degree in Education, with a minor in Audio-Visual Aids and Guidance Counseling from Purdue in 1965. He completed additional courses in Accounting and Economics of Labor Relations. Goldman also completed several Air Force technical Schools, airline transition on DC-6 and DC-9; Pratt & Whitney JT8D Jet Engine Course; Douglas Aircraft Company DC-9 training program.

Goldman played a major role in the start-up of Purdue Aeronautics Corporation and later Purdue Airlines. He continued for 20 years as Chief Pilot, Director of Operations and Engineering, and Vice President of Operations and Maintenance, until the airline discontinued operations in December 1972.

During nearly all of his 20 years at Purdue, he was designated as Air Carrier Check Airman and remained an active line pilot while serving in management. He established all flight and operations procedures and philosophy for Purdue Airlines, and produced operation procedures manuals, training manuals, etc. He screened, employed, and conducted initial and recurrent training for Purdue Airlines pilots. Goldman also participated in aircraft and equipment performance investigation for selection and purchase. Goldman logged a total flight time in excess of 17,000 hours including 2-engine, 4-engine and jet, in over 23 years of accident and incident-free airline flying. He also experienced a small amount of engineering test flying for S.T.C.s (supplemental type certificate) and modifications.

After Purdue Airlines ceased operations, Goldman was employed by International Learning Systems group in Greenwich, Connecticut where he set-up a Lear Jet recurrent audio visual training program. He later joined an air cargo company and served as a line captain. He then gained employment for the Federal Aviation Administration as an Air Carries Operation Inspector, until his retirement in 1990. After his retirement Goldman served as an expert witness and consultant to legal and insurance firms.

He was a member of the Purdue Alumni Association, and elected member of the Institute of Aeronautical Sciences and American Rocket Society prior to their merge and formation of AIAA. He was also a Senior Member of the Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics, a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1154 and American Legion Post No. 11. He also served as a volunteer at St. Elizabeth Hospital.


Purdue Oral History program, interview

Jerome Goldman papers       

His obituary in the Lafayette Journal and Courier, February 2014

Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Oral History Program

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