On Thursday, a professor from San Francisco University has reportedly been killed in a plane crash close to “Sonoma Skyport Airport.”
On Thursday, William Goldman, a 38-year-old professor from San Francisco University has reportedly been killed in a plane crash close to “Sonoma Skyport Airport.” Three others were injured during the crash, including his two children.
According to the fire department in Sonoma County, Goldman’s daughter and sun, who are both under 16 years old, were transported to Oakland’s Children Hospital, and their condition is currently unknown. There was another female passenger who was also taken to the hospital. It remains unclear what the female’s relationship was to the family. Goldman was pronounced dead at 12:45pm local time.
Tributes To The Professor
On Friday, the university’s campus was filled with grief over the professor, who many described as “family,” saying they will “greatly miss him.”
Paul Fitzgerald, the president of the University issued a statement on Thursday, pointing out that Goldman had impacted his students’ and colleagues’ lives- former as well as current.
“The University of San Francisco community is devastated to learn of the death of faculty member Bill Goldman in a Sonoma County plane crash,” Fitzgerald wrote. “Bill, an assistant professor in international studies in the College of Arts and Sciences, was an accomplished scholar, a beloved and generous teacher, and a valued member of our community.”
He continued: “Bill’s wife Serra is an alumna of the USF School of Law and a member of the university’s Board of Trustees. We are standing in prayerful solidarity with her and with Bill and Serra’s young children, George and Marie, now and in the days ahead.”
The social justice Organization, New Israel Fund, who Goldman was a board member of, said that they mourn their “beloved friend’s” death, describing him as “a man with vision, idealism and a sharp sense of humor.”
“Our thoughts are with his family, and especially his children,” they said. “As we begin to process this loss, we know that his memory will be a blessing, as was his life.”
Robert Castillo, one of the many people who went straight to the site of the crash when hearing his place was in distress, also paid tribute to Goldman.
“Maybe it was about 75 feet in the air and descending, and that’s when I heard a bang and saw the parachute come out of the back of the air plane,” Castillo said. “It sputtered louder, cut out, started sputtering, cut out and was off. “When I got there, there was a little hand in the back window,” Castillo continued. “I said, ‘Oh my gosh, someone’s alive, let’s see what we can do.'”