Steven P. Goldberg, Georgetown law professor and author, dies at 63

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Steven P. Goldberg Georgetown Law Professor

Steven P. Goldberg, 63, a professor at Georgetown University's law school since 1977 who specialized in the intersection of science, religion and the law, died Aug. 26 at his home in Chevy Chase after a heart attack.

Before joining the Georgetown faculty, Mr. Goldberg worked for two years as a lawyer for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. He served as a clerk for Supreme Court Justice William J. Brennan Jr. and Judge David L. Bazelon of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.

Mr. Goldberg's books included "Bleached Faith: The Tragic Cost When Religion is Forced Into the Public Square" (2008), "Seduced By Science: How American Religion Has Lost Its Way" (1999) and "Culture Clash: Law and Science in America" (1994). The latter was recognized with an award from Alpha Sigma Nu, an honor society of Jesuit colleges and universities.

Steven Paul Goldberg was a native Washingtonian and a 1965 graduate of Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring. He received a bachelor's degree in the history of science from Harvard University in 1969 and a law degree from Yale University in 1973.

He served in the Army Reserve in the late 1960s and early 1970s.Survivors include his wife of 41 years, Miriam Greenspan Goldberg of Chevy Chase; two children, Joseph Goldberg of Forest Park, Ill., and Rebecca Goldberg of Takoma Park; a brother, Michael Goldberg of North Potomac; and three grandchildren.

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