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Life Story / Obituary
Hilliard J. Goldman, age 85, formerly of Kirkwood, MO, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his daughters, in Grand Rapids, MI on February 23, 2022. He is survived by his daughters Oriana (Tom) Vogel, Gloriana (Kyle) Zimdar, Leonore (Shane) Kranov and by his grandchildren Will, Madeleine, Walter, Sebastian, Tatiana, Max and Edith. His wife, Bonnie, pre-deceased him in August, 2020.
Hilliard Goldman was born in Detroit, Michigan. He attended Cranbrook Schools in Bloomington Hills, Michigan-- a formative influence in his life-- and graduated in 1955. He received a BA and a master’s degree in History from the University of Michigan. He met his wife when teaching at Hatch elementary school in Oak Park, Illinois. Since marrying in 1964, Bonnie and Hilliard were inseparable. Early in their marriage, they spent a year bike riding through Europe and studying German and French. They later settled in Kirkwood, MO where they raised their family and where Hilliard taught history at Meramec Community College. After retiring, Hilliard and Bonnie purchased the Greentree Tavern in Ste. Genevieve, Missouri which they restored to its original condition from the 1790s. Hilliard was known for his intellectual curiosity, his contrarian opinions, and his constant reading.
A green burial will take place, to be followed by a private gathering to remember Hilliard’s life. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Kirkwood Public Library at https://kirkwoodpubliclibrary.org/support/.