Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley
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Melvin & Irene Goldman Endowment Fund for the Arts

Established 1982

Melvin & Irene Goldman

Melvin & Irene Goldman

Melvin and Irene Goldman created this fund to provide grants to organizations located in Aurora, Illinois that are devoted to the arts.

Mr. and Mrs. Goldman owned and operated Globe Lumber Company in Aurora for many years.

Melvin Goldman (1917-2008) was a member of the Aurora Country Club, Temple B’nai Israel and the YMCA.

During WWII, he was a research physicist on Navy projects at Armour Research.

Irene Goldman (1919-2008) served as a director of the Community Foundation from 1985 to 1995.

She lived her entire life in Aurora until moving to Chicago with her husband in the 1990’s.

Mrs. Goldman was an accomplished classical pianist in high school.  Her devotion to the arts continued through her affiliation with the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Art Institute.

After her children were raised, she took up bridge and became a life master.

Mrs. Goldman was an active member of Temple B’nai Israel in Aurora of which her mother and father were founding members.

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