Sally Goldberg

1998 Distinguished Contributions to Public Service in a

Pre-College Environment Award Recipient


Sally Goldberg, who earned national recognition for her work in child care and who operated a children's science museum in Robbinsdale, died Oct. 28 in Edina.

Goldberg, of Golden Valley, had suffered from Alzheimer's disease in recent years. She was 75.

She founded the Center for Early Learning and Living of the Sciences in Robbinsdale in 1988, and operated the hands-on science center for preschool and grade-school children for 15 years until it closed.

"She took no salary," said her husband, Max, a retired electrical engineer. "She did it for love."

He said she would tell him: "There's something wonderful about science."

She would see more than 100,000 children visit the museum from all over the Twin Cities area, and promoted science education for disadvantaged children.

She often taught other educators around the nation about early-childhood education, giving workshops and talks. She also wrote numerous articles on the subject.

When she worked as a child-care-center licensing employee for the Minnesota Department of Human Services from 1970 until the mid-1980s, she was tough on day care providers -- often persuading them to do more than the rules required. Eventually, some of those extras became rules.

"She wanted everybody to make sure their programs were the best. She was always there to help," said Nola Kreml of New Horizon Academy, a day care provider with 55 locations in the metro area.

In the 1960s, Goldberg served as head teacher of Beth El Synagogue in St. Louis Park.

In the mid-1970s, she earned a master's degree in special education from the University of Minnesota. In 1991, she completed a doctorate in education from what is now Nova Southeastern University in Florida.

Besides her husband, she is survived by a son, Dr. Lawrence Goldberg of Battle Ground, Wash.; daughters Lynn Washington of Newton, Mass.; Deborah Kucinkas of Vallars, Switzerland; Frances Lewenstein of Vadnais Heights, and Phyllis Goldberg of Skokie, Ill.; a brother, Richard McKenzie, and a sister, Margaret McKenzie, both of Chicago, and 13 grandchildren.

Article by Ben Cohen •