Thomas Joseph Goliber

January 11, 1948 ~ June 23, 2020 (age 72)


Dr. Thomas Joseph Goliber - beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, colleague, and friend - passed away on June 23, 2020. He was 72.

Dr. Goliber was born to Charles and Majorie Goliber in Corning, New York on January 11, 1948, the third of seven children. He studied history at Canisius College and earned his Ph.D. in history from Kent State University. After brief stints as an adjunct professor and a staffer for the short-lived House of Representatives Select Committee on Population, Tom went to work for Futures Group International in 1979. He would remain with the Futures Group - through all its iterations - until he retired in October 2011. He began his career implementing and evaluating family planning projects primarily in Eastern, Southern, and Western Africa, transitioning to HIV/AIDS reduction and prevention programs in the same regions at the height of the Global AIDS Epidemic.   

Tom was an avid runner and hiker, traveled to nearly 40 countries, trekked with mountain gorillas, survived both an elephant stampede and a fire-ant attack, and spent over a decade battling Parkinson's disease. He was an Eagle Scout and a champion Trivial Pursuit player. 

He is survived by his sister, Nancy Zinn (Charles); brothers, Peter (Sally), Robert (Teresa), Timothy (Rosemary), Philip (Mandy), and Jeffry (Heather Gaffney); daughters, Kate Lord and Abigail Goliber; son-in-laws, Jim Lord and John Moyer Jr.; and grandchildren, Elaina and Andrew Lord, and Thomas and Enid Moyer.

Memorial donations can be made in his name to the  Equal Justice Initiative or The Parkinson's Foundation.

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Equal Justice Initiative
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