It is with great sadness that I share the news of the passing of David Goldstone CBE (LLB 1952) on 21 October 2020.
David was passionate about LSE and was made an Honorary Fellow in 1995 in recognition of his devoted service to the School – which included founding the Emeritus Governors.
A proud Welshman from humble beginnings, David left home for the first time in 1949 to undertake his Law degree at LSE. As a student he lived in Passfield Hall, and it was this lived student experience, and later his successful career in property development that facilitated the School setting up further halls of residence. David continued his relationship with the School throughout his lifetime, serving as a governor and supporting the School philanthropically. He found great enjoyment in his later years engaged in the work of the Law department, where he went on to support the student Mooting Programme, which sees students engage in competitive legal arguments in front of a mock court.
In 2018 David was interviewed for Ratio (page 52) where he gives a lovely account of his journey through life with LSE.
David will be missed.
LSE Emeritus Governor
When I was a new LSE Governor way back in the 1990s, David, together with several other long-serving governors, went out of his way to introduce me to the sometimes arcane practices of the Court and later the Council. His extensive knowledge and humour added greatly to the extraordinary privilege of governorship. His tales about politics and property and much else were instructive as well as lively, and his hospitality extensive and much appreciated.
Go well, David.
Anne Page, LSE Governor Emerita
I had the privilege of meeting David when I was Head of Department in 2017-2018. He kindly offered us hospitality at his London flat, and was the life and soul of the meeting, entertaining us with stories and making acute observations on many aspects of modern life. His fondness for the LSE was clear and his memories of life as a law student many years before were wonderful to hear. We will miss him very much.
I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Lord Goldstone, he was a tremendous individual who made an enormous contribution to the LSE throughout his lifetime. I served with David on the LSE Council for several years and his wise counsel, sensible ideas and insightful comments were always appreciated. He was particularly instrumental in helping improve student accommodation facilities and always gave of his time and expertise generously.
David will be much missed. I send my heartfelt condolences to his family. Rest in Peace David.
Ros Altmann, LSE Governor Emerita
My deepest condolences to David’s family
Completely committed to the LSE David was an inspirational and hard working colleague on the Board of Governors A warm hearted thoughtful man he is a loss to our community and will be greatly missed
Rest in peace David
Bryan Sanderson Emeritus Governor
I knew David from the point when in 1978 I began working with the governors. I did business with him for the rest of my career at LSE until 2012. In all that time he retained his enthusiasm for the School, although not by any means uncritical. He would often drop into my office and ask ” What’s this all about, Adrian?” Always with an impish grin and his sharp sense of humour. But he was a deadly serious businessman and had insights which came with that. David in particular gave a huge amount of help to the School on development of the estate. With his business background in that area, he added an extra dimension. I remember well for example, a massive problem that arose with Clement House- converting an old building to new purposes can obviously sometimes be tricky. David helped the School enormously in sorting that one out and many others. David’s range went well beyond estates though and if socialising with him you might meet anyone – weather presenters, famous opera singers and so on. He should be greatly missed at the LSE.