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Joel '57 & Lynda Goldschein

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In Support of Business Innovation and Vision
Adapted from the Summer 2011 E2E Newsletter

Joel Goldschein ’57 was a supply chain management visionary long before the term “supply chain” was coined and “global” was added to the phrase.

In 1976, he formed the Atlas Door Corporation, an innovative company that supplied rolling steel and other specialty doors at a pace unknown in the industry. To quote Joel, one of the “secrets” to their success was “to treat our suppliers as partners … and making them integral members of our team.” This created a customer-supplier relationship that benefited both parties. Harvard Business Review was so impressed that they published the Atlas story in the July/August 1988 edition.

In memory of Joel and to honor his vision, his family, including wife Lynda and daughters Gail, Sharon and Terri, have created the Joel Goldschein ’57 Endowed Chair in Global Supply Chain Management. “Joel received the Golden Knight Award in 2007, in part for his lifelong support of Clarkson,” said President Tony Collins. “This chair is a natural extension of his philanthropy. It will help attract and retain the best global supply chain management faculty in the world, and it will also advance the scholarship in this important area of study and ensure that best practices are taught to Clarkson School of Business students.”

Joel graduated from Clarkson in 1957 with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. During his undergraduate years, he joined Army ROTC and the Delta Upsilon Fraternity. Joel met Lynda, a teacher and University of Michigan graduate, in 1961. They married in 1962 and raised three daughters. As a family, they enjoyed skiing and traveling by motor home to national parks. After retirement, Joel achieved a longtime dream and became a private pilot. He and Lynda continued to travel but this time in their Cessna 310R.

In 1966, Joel joined North American Door and soon acquired an ownership interest in the company.  In 1972, Joel sold North American Door, and with his business partner purchased Atlas Steel Products Inc. of Jersey City, N.J., eventually building the firm into an international rolling steel door manufacturing company and changing its name to Atlas Door Corporation. In 1986, Atlas Door was sold to Masco Corporation, but Joel remained president until he retired in 1989. He passed away in 2007.

Clarkson’s global supply chain management program has received national recognition and is ranked #14 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report 2011. Employers actively seek to hire its graduates. The establishment of this chair brings added prestige to the program and will help continue its presence at the national level. The faculty member awarded the chair will serve as the lead scholar for the program.

Lynda worked closely with the Annie Clarkson Society at Clarkson to structure her family’s gift. Gifts will be made to the endowment over a period of time that will allow Lynda to achieve her philanthropic goals at Clarkson on a timetable that is most tax-advantageous to her. Also, part of her gift plan may include appreciated assets, thus allowing her to avoid the capital gain taxation should she otherwise sell those assets.