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Goldman, Jerome M., 1922-2014



  • Existence: October 20, 1922 - February 14, 2014

Biographical Information

Jerome M. Goldman was born October 20, 1922 in Camden, New Jersey, to Morris Goldman and Edith Tietelman Goldman and raised in New Jersey. He graduated from Camden High School in 1940 and enrolled in Purdue University. After Pearl Harbor, he enlisted in the United States Army Air Corps where he served with distinction, flying B-29's in the Pacific Theater, 20th Air Force from July 1942 through April 1946. Goldman then returned to Purdue, where he majored in Aircraft Performance and Design. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical Engineering in 1947. He was originally in the Class of '43, which was the first class at Purdue to be awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical Engineering. Upon graduation Goldman went to work as a flight officer for United Airlines.

In 1953 he returned to Purdue University, to serve as a pilot and as Director of Flight Operations and Engineering for Purdue Aeronautics Corporation and later Purdue Airlines, Inc., Purdue's "teaching airlines," which were instrumental in providing flight training to Purdue professional pilot students in the 1950s, 1960s, and early 1970s. Goldman worked on his graduate degree, taking classes at night, while employed as Chief Pilot for Purdue Airlines and Purdue University Professional Pilot Program. He received his Master of Science degree in Education, with a minor in Audio-Visual Aids and Guidance Counseling from Purdue in 1965. He completed additional courses in Accounting and Economics of Labor Relations. Goldman also completed several Air Force Technical Schools, airline transition on DC-6 and DC-9; Pratt & Whitney JT8D Jet Engine Course; Douglas Aircraft Company DC-9 training program.

Goldman played a major role in the start-up of Purdue Aeronautics Corporation and later Purdue Airlines. He continued for 20 years as Chief Pilot, Director of Operations and Engineering, and Vice President of Operations and Maintenance, until the airline discontinued operations in December 1972.

During nearly all of Goldman's 20 years at Purdue, he was designated as Air Carrier Check Airman and remained an active line pilot while serving in management. He established all flight and operations procedures and philosophy for Purdue Airlines, and produced operation procedures manuals, training manuals, etc. He screened, employed, and conducted initial and recurrent training for Purdue Airlines pilots. Goldman also participated in aircraft and equipment performance investigation for selection and purchase. Goldman logged a total flight time in excess of 17,000 hours including two-engine, four-engine and jet, in over 23 years of accident and incident-free airline flying. He also experienced a small amount of engineering test flying for S.T.C.s (supplemental type certificate) and modifications.

After Purdue Airlines ceased operations, Goldman was employed by International Learning Systems group in Greenwich, Connecticut where he set-up a Lear Jet recurrent audio visual training program. He later joined an air cargo company and served as a line captain. He then gained employment for the Federal Aviation Administration as an Air Carries Operation Inspector, until his retirement in 1990. After his retirement Goldman served as an expert witness and consultant to legal and insurance firms.

Goldman was a member of the Purdue Alumni Association, and elected member of the Institute of Aeronautical Sciences and American Rocket Society prior to their merge and formation of AIAA. He was also a Senior Member of the Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1154 and American Legion Post No. 11. He also served as a volunteer at St. Elizabeth Hospital.


MSO 1, Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Oral History Program collection, Purdue University Archives and Special Collections, Purdue University Libraries.


MSF 461, Jerome Goldman papers, Purdue University Archives and Special Collections, Purdue University Libraries.


Jerome Goldman Obituary. Lafayette Journal and Courier. Accessed February 2014.

Found in 3 Collections and/or Records:

Jerome M. Goldman papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSF 461
Scope and Contents The Jerome Goldman papers document Goldman's career as a Purdue University student in Aeronautical Engineering, his service in the United States Army Air Corp and his work afterwards as a pilot for United Air Lines, along with his key role in establishing Purdue Aeronautics Corporation and Purdue Air Lines as chief pilot, director of operations, and later vice president for operations and maintenance. Also included are papers from his work with International Learning Systems, the Federal...
Dates: 1941 - 1972; Other: Majority of material found within 1965 - 1972

Jerome M. Goldman papers, addition 06

 Unprocessed — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 20191113.1

Purdue Aeronautics Corporation and Purdue Airlines collection, addition 01

 Unprocessed — Box: Communal Accessions 2
Identifier: 20120204