Goldman, Constance J. (Connie)
Age 91 passed on peacefully March 8, 2022 after a brief illness. Preceded in death by parents Hy and Bess Rosenberg, life partner Ken Tilsen, cousins Bob, Gae, Rona, Marion and many other relatives and friends. Survived by daughter Nancy, son Barry and wife Iani and grandson Fabio.
Connie grew up in south Minneapolis, graduated from Washburn High School, earned her BA and 2 MA degrees from the U of M and Santa Monica University, CA. Connie began her career in radio back in the 70’s at KUOM, KSJN, MPR, and then at NPR where she hosted All Things Considered and was the Arts Reporter. In 1983 she became an independent program producer, author and speaker, forming her own Connie Goldman Productions, focusing her work on innovative and positive aspects of Aging and Creativity, Late Life Love, and Caregiving.
One of things Connie did as part of her life’s work was to listen to other people’s stories, write about them and then find a place and time to share them. She interviewed hundreds of celebrities, artists, and those she called “extraordinary ordinary people” later using those interviews in the 7 books she co-authored and authored herself.
Connie continued her work well into her late 80’s, and enjoyed the last few years swimming at the Y, walking and talking with neighbors and their dogs, collecting leaves, feeding the birds and playing Gin Rummy at her home in Hudson, Wisconsin.
Memorial donations can be made to the Connie Goldman Scholarship Endowment Fund at https://sage-ing.org/CGDonors.
Connie Goldman is an award-winning radio producer and reporter. Beginning her broadcast career with Minnesota Public Radio, she later worked for several years on the staff of National Public Radio in Washington D.C. For over the past 30 years her public radio programs, books, and speaking have been exclusively concerned with the changes and challenges of aging. Grounded in the art of personal stories collected from hundreds of interviews, Connie's presentations are designed to inform, empower, and inspire. Her message on public radio, in print and in person is clear—make any time of life an opportunity for new learning, exploring creative pursuits, self-discovery, spiritual deepening, and continued growth.
M.A. University of Santa Monica, Applied Psychology, 1989
M.A. University of Minnesota, Communications, 1971
B.A. University of Minnesota, Psychology, Theater, American History 1952
Her books include:
- The Ageless Spirit
- Secrets of Becoming a Late Bloomer
- The Gifts of Caregiving – Stories of Hardship, Hope and Healing
- Late Life Love—Romance and New Relationships in Late Years
- Tending the Earth, Mending the Spirit – The Healing Gifts of Gardening
- Who Am I Now That I’m Not Who I Was? – Conversations with Women in Mid-Life and Beyond.
Her newest book, Wisdom from Those in Care: Conversations, Insights and Inspiration shares personal stories told by those who have been or are now being cared for. Some have been diagnosed with non-curable illnesses. Others have become debilitated. Many have left their old worlds of interaction and sociability. Sharing their stories, they are saying, "Listen to me, I have something to share." New conversations between the caregiver and those in their care offer a never expected enrichment. As a companion to The Gifts of Caregiving: Stories of Hardship, Hope and Healing, Second Edition, each chapter ends with the author’s thoughts and discussion questions to encourage readers to explore more deeply their thoughts and feelings about similar situations.