Tulane Alumni Association




Dermot McGlinchey Lifetime Achievement Award 2008


William Allan Goldring

A native of New Orleans, Bill Goldring has been a longtime friend and supporter of Tulane University and of his city. Bill received a bachelor's degree from the A.B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane in 1965 and serves as chairman of the Republic Beverage Company, one of the country's oldest and largest independently owned wine and spirit wholesalers.

As a senior at the Isidore Newman High School in 1960-61, Bill was a starting forward on the basketball team. Coached by Louisiana legend Ed Tuohy, the Greenies won the state championship that year, providing Bill with important lessons about teamwork and competition.

In the only letter that he would ever write to his son, Stephen Goldring wrote to Bill on his 21st birthday and underscored the value of accomplishment. "Work and work hard. Play the game of life as you did when you played basketball for the state championship. As you get older you must serve your community; give time as well as money."

In the years since then, Bill has followed his father's advice. He has expanded the family business and has supported causes that are as varied as they are impressive. The Audubon Institute, the Jewish Community Center, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art and Tulane University, to name a few, have been the beneficiaries of Bill's generosity and commitment of personal time. He is president of the Goldring Family Foundation and the Woldenberg Foundation and his companies offer scholarships to the children of all Goldring employees, regardless of where they choose to go to school. The A.B. Freeman Business School's buildings, Goldring/Woldenberg I and II, bear the foundation names.

He has served on the Board of Tulane, was the first chair of the board of the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, and led the fundraising efforts for the Holocaust Memorial in Woldenberg Park and for the Jewish Community Center in Metairie, La. Among other institutions that he has supported are Bridge House, Covenant House, Dillard University, the NO/Aids Task Force, the Preservation Resource Center, Project Lazarus, the Southern Institute, the World War II Museum, and Xavier University. His generosity is well known along with the quiet extra work he does to support a lifetime of achievement.

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