Awarded to an alumnus or alumna whose selfless and caring work and deeds benefit society and humankind.
As an undergraduate, Sally Gottfried studied English and was involved with L'Agenda, Hillel, the Bucknellian and Mortar Board. She also served as president of Sigma Tau Delta, a professional English fraternity.
In 1953, she married Dr. Maurice Goodgold, and the two have raised two children. Her involvement in issues and improvements regarding the New York City area began while her children were young. She spent numerous hours as a volunteer for hospitals, charities, parent associations, museums, and police department community relations. She sits on many civic, cultural, and academic boards.
In 1988, she and a friend formed G&G Partnerships, a consulting firm that took on projects with a "social benefit impact." A 1988 New York Post article describes her as "an inveterate civic watchdog and tireless activist."
As an activist for a wide range of civic and urban causes in New York City, Sally Goodgold's work has had a significant impact in matters as diverse as the "sunshine laws," West Side Highway repairs, and guidelines for the first bus shelters. In 1984, she was elected the first woman president of The City Club of New York, a 450-member good-government group founded in 1892. In 1998, she received an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from the City University of New York. She also has received an Outstanding Citizen award from New York City and a Lifetime Achievement award from the American Planning Association.