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07-14-2007

Joel Goldschein of Wachtung Honored Posthumously with Clarkson University's Top Alumni Honor

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Potsdam, N.Y. -- The late Joel Goldschein of Wachtung, N.J., was honored posthumously on July 14 with the Golden Knight Award from his alma mater, Clarkson University. Presented each year during Reunion Weekend, Clarkson's most prestigious alumni award is given to alumni who have distinguished themselves either by service to Clarkson through Alumni Association activities or have demonstrated outstanding career achievement, bringing distinction to themselves and to Clarkson. Goldschein passed away on June 24. His wife, Lynda, along with daughters Terri Goldschein, Gail Bell and Sharon Parker, accepted the award.goldschein-gk-2007

Goldschein graduated from Clarkson University in 1957 with a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering.

A talented and successful entrepreneur, Goldschein began his successful career with Diehl Manufacturing of Finderne, N.J., and served on active military duty with the U.S. Army. Several years after leaving Diehl, Goldschein accepted a position with North American Door on Long Island, eventually becoming a partner. When the company was sold, Goldschein and one of his former business partners went into business together forming the Atlas Door Corporation in New Jersey, which became a nationally recognized manufacturer of rolling steel doors and shutters. In 1986, after 12 successful years, Atlas was sold and became part of Masco Corporation. Goldschein retired three years later and then pursued his passion for skiing, fishing, traveling, flying his own plane and devoting his free time to his wife, children and family.

In order to enable qualified students to enjoy the benefits of a Clarkson education, Mr. and Mrs. Goldschein established the Joel '57 and Lynda Goldschein Endowed Scholarship Fund in 2007 to recognize academic achievement and provide access to Clarkson University for future generations of students.

Clarkson University, located in Potsdam, N.Y., is a private, nationally ranked university with a reputation for developing innovative leaders in engineering, business, the sciences, health sciences and the humanities. At Clarkson, 3,000 high-ability students excel in an environment where learning is not only positive, friendly and supportive, but spans the boundaries of traditional disciplines and knowledge. Faculty achieves international recognition for their research and scholarship and connects students to their leadership potential in the marketplace through dynamic, real-world problem solving.

Photo caption: Lynda Goldschein (second from left) receives the Golden Knight Award of her late husband, Joel, from Clarkson University President Tony Collins (left) and Associate Vice President for Alumni Relations Steve Newkofsky (right), while her daughters, Gail Bell, Sharon Parker and Terri Goldschein, assist.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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