Rosalind Goodman loses battle with cancer

Posted on Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Rosalind Goodman

Rosalind Goodman

McGill’s flag atop the Arts Building flew at half mast on Wednesday as the community mourns the passing of Rosalind Goodman, a devoted alumna, generous philanthropist, and tireless volunteer, who committed herself to energizing cancer research activities at McGill and to educating others about the disease. It is an illness she fought and survived in 2007, but one that ultimately took her life on Monday, Aug. 11.

In 2008, Rosalind and her husband Morris made a transformative multi-million dollar gift to support the McGill Cancer Centre, which was renamed the Rosalind and Morris Goodman Cancer Research Centre (GCRC) in their honour. Not only did their support allow McGill to bring together more than 300 leading cancer researchers, students and staff in a new state-of-the-art facility, but it also cemented the University’s status as a leading strategic hub for innovative cancer research.

“Rosalind Goodman had a special ability to inspire the people around her,” said Suzanne Fortier, McGill’s Principal and Vice-Chancellor. “She channeled her boundless energy, and her passion for helping others, into a lifelong mission to support world-class scientists in the battle to eradicate cancer. She was an extraordinary woman.”

Helping the Centre to thrive was a true labour of love for Mrs. Goodman, and she was a driving force behind its popular annual lecture series and its hugely successful biennial galas that raised more than $6 million for the Centre’s activities.

“Rosalind Goodman was the heart and soul behind the Goodman Centre,” said Dr. Morag Park, Director of the Goodman Cancer Research Centre.  “She had a profound admiration for the Centre’s researchers and a genuine interest in the work they were doing. All her efforts on behalf of the Centre had one overriding goal – to benefit the cancer scientists who are working to unravel the mysteries of this dreadful disease.”

“Rosalind Goodman passionately dedicated the last several years to helping advance the basic cancer research that is crucial to turning the tide on the disease,” said Dr. David Eidelman, Vice-Principal  of Health Affairs and Dean of the Faculty of Medicine. “The impact and legacy that she leaves will be lasting, and we are forever grateful for her extraordinary support and selfless devotion.”

In addition to her tireless work on behalf of the Centre, Mrs. Goodman donated her time and energy to an array of philanthropic causes – efforts that earned her an Outstanding Volunteer of the Year award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals in 2011. That same year, McGill bestowed Honorary Doctorates on both Rosalind and Morris Goodman.

“McGill has lost one of its most generous and devoted champions of cancer research,” said Marc Weinstein, Vice Principal of University Advancement. “In the battle against cancer, Roz was a true warrior and a tireless advocate for the Centre, and she had an incredible ability to reach out and successfully rally the Montreal community to this important cause. Though in the end she lost her personal battle to cancer, the time and energy that she devoted to this wider fight, and the future discoveries and breakthroughs that are surely to come as a result of her efforts, will be her everlasting legacy.”

In addition to supporting cancer research, the Goodman family has also supported other areas at McGill, including the Faculty of Law, the Department of Oncology and the Schulich School of Music.


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8 Responses to Rosalind Goodman loses battle with cancer

  1. Margaret Felberg-Levitt and Harvey Levitt says:

    Please accept our sincerest condolences.Rosalind will be missed at the Shaar study club.

  2. Elias says:

    Dear Roz, thank you for all that you have done… sincere condolences to the family…
    You may have lost this battle, Roz, but have not lost the war.. we will carry your candle in our minds and hearts…


  3. Vicky Shemie says:

    Dear Goodman family,

    The short time I worked with Mrs. Goodman on the cause of Allegra and Bach Before Bedtime, was all I, or anyone else needed to feel Rosalinds’s Vesuvian passion to make things work. She was an infectious force in motivating all of us.

    Believe me, this motivation and strength that she showed us and instilled in us will last eternally.

    My sincere condolences to all the family.

    Vicky Shemie

  4. Shaher Mahafza says:

    You were respected on the earth and now you are respected in the sky too,
    Thank you Madam Goodman for all you did for Oncology & McGill

  5. PENINA ELBAZ says:

    Mrs Rosalind Goodman had the persona of a very special and dignified lady. She portrayed and transmitted in her contacts, the warmth, the strenghts and the honor of our most admirable biblical women and other women in history who contributed tremendously to the Jewish people and humanity. May we be blessed with many Jewish ladies like her, now and always. Penina Elbaz

  6. Ilan Rose says:

    Baruch Dayan HaEmet. My your memory be a blessing. My condolences to the family.

    Ilan Rose

  7. Ralph and Anita Kornbluth says:

    Dear Morris and Family,
    We are very saddened to hear of the passing of Rosalind. She was a very impressive lovely lady with a warmth and dedication.
    Our deepest sympathy on your loss.
    Ralph and Anita Kornbluth

  8. Melanie says:

    McGill lost a friend and warrior. Thank you for your support of our World-Class Institution Mme Goodman

    We will continue to work hard to make you proud.

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