When Goldie Zimberg (B.A. ’72/H&S) moved to Richmond in 1951 with her husband, the opportunity to pursue an undergraduate degree became a reality. While her husband, Yale, completed a surgical internship and residency program at the Medical College of Virginia, she raised their family of three small children but dreams of pursuing a degree in the humanities never faltered and she enrolled in the College of Humanities and Sciences during the school’s evolution from Richmond Professional Institute to Virginia Commonwealth University. What she found at VCU was a culturally and racially diverse community and the chance to engage in small class settings that allowed her to forge close relationships with professors and fellow students. While attending as an older student, Goldie felt as though she was an especially valuable contributor to class discussions and debates given her perspective as an older student and mother.
Following graduation, she went on to earn a Juris Doctorate in 1980 from University of Richmond and built a successful career as an estate attorney. Now in her eighties and retired from law practice, Goldie’s pride as an alumna is stronger than ever. Her VCU diploma hangs prominently in her home in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida as a reminder of her determination and success.