Lisa Goldberg, wife of N.Y.U. president, dies suddenly at 54

By Albert Amateau

Lisa E. Goldberg, the wife of New York University President John Sexton and president of the Charles Revson Foundation, died suddenly Mon., Jan. 22, after a massive brain aneurysm at the age of 54.

She joined the staff of the foundation in 1982 and began serving as its president in 2003. The Charles Revson Foundation, established by the late cosmetics industry executive, makes grants for urban affairs, education, biomedical research and Jewish philanthropy.

Before joining the foundation, Lisa Goldberg was a senior staff member of President Jimmy Carter’s Commission for a National Agenda For the 1980s. Prior to that she was a consultant to Judges Harold Leventhal and David Bazelon of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and served as director of a family court program in Boston.

Lisa Goldberg met her husband in his first semester at Harvard Law School more than 30 years ago. She is a graduate of Radcliffe College and Harvard Law.

“Lisa was a brilliant, accomplished and lovely person, respected for her wisdom, leadership and generosity of spirit. For those who knew her personally and cherished her as a friend, as we did, this is heartbreaking news,” said N.Y.U. Provost David McLaughlin, Executive Vice President Michael Alfano and Vice President for Health Robert Berne in a joint statement issued Tuesday morning.

According to the Washington Square News, N.Y.U.’s student newspaper, students recalled Sexton speaking affectionately about Goldberg in class — such as in the freshman honors seminar he taught last semester — often calling her “my Lisa.”

In addition to her husband, her son Jed, daughter Katie, daughter-in-law Danielle and three granddaughters survive.

The funeral will be private and a public memorial will be scheduled in the coming weeks. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to New York University, The Lisa Goldberg Scholarship Fund, Office of University Development and Alumni Relations, 25 W. Fourth St., fourth floor, New York, NY 10012.