The HCNY Foundation is saddened by the recent passing of George J.W. Goodman ’52. Mr. Goodman, also known affectionately as “Jerry” to the Club, died on Friday, January 3rd after a long time battling the bone marrow disorder Myelofibrosis. He was 83 years old.
Jerry is known for publishing books which tackled and clarified the complexities of the financial markets under the pseudonym “Adam Smith.” As “Adam Smith”, Jerry created works like The Money Game and Super Money, introducing readers and the world to Warren Buffett. In a review of Goodman’s book Paper Money, Leonard Silk wrote “Where some authors exploit the paranoia over paper money, warning of horrible crashes and galloping inflation to come, Adam Smith strives for sanity.”
Apart from being an author of widely acclaimed books, Jerry had a diverse and extensive career. Through “Adam Smith”, he became the host of the five time Emmy award winning show “Adam Smith’s Money World” which was shown on PBS in the 1980s and was broadcast in 40 countries. Mr. Goodman also served as a founding writer of New York Magazine, an editorial-board member at the New York Times, and was an executive editor of Esquire magazine.
George Jerome Waldo Goodman was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri on August 10, 1930. While at Harvard College, Goodman took a lot of writing courses and was on the editorial board of The Harvard Crimson. He graduated magna cum laude and then studied political economy at Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. Goodman had served on the Club’s Board of Managers, was an elected director of the Harvard Alumni Association, and sat on several Overseers Committees. He was also the Club’s Annual Dinner speaker in 2001.
In 2013, Mr. Goodman endowed a generous gift to the Foundation to support a special lecture series with a focus on various aspects of media, including social media, and their implications in the world today. The George J.W. Goodman Lectures on Media & Global Affairs launched in February and featured a talk from famed American journalist, Dan Rather. This April, the second lecture will feature Mark Thompson, the CEO of the New York Times Company and former director-general of the BBC.
The Foundation remembers Jerry for his work, his impact in economics and his generosity and will continue his efforts through the endowed lecture series to highlight his interests in media and global affairs.