Goldsmith, Peter D(avid) 1952-2004

views updated

GOLDSMITH, Peter D(avid) 1952-2004


See index for CA sketch: Born August 27, 1952, in Lafayette, IN; died of pancreatic cancer, April 23, 2004, in Oberlin, OH. Educator, administrator, and author. Goldsmith, an anthropologist with a special interest in folk music, was dean of Oberlin College. After graduating from Boston College with a master's degree in 1976, he completed his doctorate in anthropology at the University of Chicago in 1982. Remaining at Chicago, he worked as assistant dean of students in the social sciences division from 1984 to 1986; he then moved to Princeton University, where he was director of studies at Mathey College until 1993. At Dartmouth College from 1993 to 1999, Goldsmith was the dean of first-year students there, joining the Oberlin staff in 1999 as dean of students. His training in anthropology and interest in jazz, classical, and folk music led to his teaching colloquia on the subject of music in America at Oberlin. He was the author of When I Rise Cryin' Holy: African-American Denominationalism on the Georgia Coast (1989) and Making People's Music: Moe Asch and Folkways Records (1998).



Chronicle of Higher Education, May 7, 2004, p. A44.


Oberlin College, (April 30, 2004).

About this article

Goldsmith, Peter D(avid) 1952-2004

Updated About content Print Article