We are deeply saddened by the passing of longtime resident and former Gaithersburg Mayor Bruce Goldensohn
Statement by Gaithersburg Mayor Jud Ashman:
The Gaithersburg City Council and I, along with the entire Gaithersburg community, are deeply saddened by the passing of longtime resident and former Gaithersburg Mayor Bruce Goldensohn. Our heartfelt condolences are extended to his wife, Ann, and to his loving family, friends, colleagues and associates. The City of Gaithersburg flag will fly at half-staff in Mr. Goldensohn’s honor on February 22 and 23.
Bruce Goldensohn was a member of the Gaithersburg Planning Commission from 1972 to 1975. He served on the Gaithersburg City Council from 1976 to 1978, and was elected Mayor in 1978, serving two four-year terms as Mayor. He led Gaithersburg through a time of significant change. The City’s population increased by more than 30% during his decade as an elected official, swelling to nearly 35,000 people. The City actually grew in size during this time period, too, with annexations of property that later became Quince Orchard Park and the AstraZeneca campus, and the acquisition of land upon which the Activity Center at Bohrer Park was built.
When he left elected office, Mr. Goldensohn continued to be an active member of the Gaithersburg community. His passion for Gaithersburg never dimmed. He served formally as a member of the Educational Enrichment and Communications Committees, and also volunteered on the Ad-Hoc Community Facilities Master Plan Steering Committee. Mr. Goldensohn was a frequent speaker at meetings of the Mayor and City Council, expressing his opinions and advocating for improvements and enhancements in various aspects of local governance, and he was a regular at the City’s fairs, festivals, parades and events.
Gaithersburg is fortunate to have an active and involved citizenry. No one embodied civic duty and civic involvement more than former Mayor Goldensohn. He will be sorely missed, but we are comforted by the fact that his indomitable spirit and the legacy he has left will grace our community well into the future.
Mayor Bruce Goldensohn (right) cutting the cake at the celebration of the City’s 100th birthday in 1978.