Dr. Stanley and Pearl Goodman Honored for Excellence in Community Service

NSU Honors Dr. Stanley and Pearl Goodman with 2017 President's Award of Excellence in Community ServiceVideo Link | Each year Dr. George Hanbury presents the President's Award of Excellence in Community Service to an individual, group, or family whose good works are making the world a better place for people to live. The 2017 honorees are Dr. Stanley and Pearl Goodman.

"Dr. and Mrs. Goodman have been instrumental leaders in the community, not just giving back with their time, talent, and treasures, but in broadening our museum's world class, permanent art collection and encouraging individuals to engage in the research and study of art and culture," said Dr. George, L. Hanbury, NSU President.

Retired cardiologist Stanley Goodman, M.D., spends his mornings in a Fort Lauderdale warehouse space creating steel sculptures. Pearl Goodman, an educator with a panache for studying language and art, who taught sixth grade in New York City's Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood, continues to work managing real estate.

They share a passion for family, community service, and Latin American art.

Stanley and Pearl Goodman began their collection of Latin American art when they purchased a small watercolor by Mexican artist David Alfaro Siqueiros in Miami in 1990, before the glorious days of Basel, according to Pearl Goodman.

It grew from there. Pearl Goodman had an interest in Mexico, studying languages while in college and visiting relatives in Mexico City. She was intrigued with the mural art in the city and its marvelous museums. Stanley Goodman, with his own interest in art, shared her passion.

Even today, come each May and November, Stanley and Pearl Goodman are off to New York for the art auctions. It's where they continue to augment their extensive modern and contemporary Latin American art collection, building upon a passion they've shared for 25 years and counting.

NSU Honors Dr. Stanley and Pearl Goodman with 2017 President's Award of Excellence in Community Service at NSU's signature annual event -- Celebration of ExcellenceThe couple's passions are also reflected in their philanthropy and volunteer leadership. StanleyGoodman serves as secretary for NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale and as a board member for the Goodman Jewish Family Services of Broward. Pearl Goodman serves on the board of the Broward Performing Arts Foundation and is a founding member of Funding Arts Broward. Both are also major donors to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation and many other community organizations.

Recently, the two designed a bequest that will make NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale home to their collection of—at last count—90 paintings, as well as a research and study center for Mexican and Latin American Art.

The collection includes works by such notable artists as Diego Rivera, Rufino Tamayo, Joaquín Torres García, José Clemente Orozco, Frida Kahlo, Leonora Carrington, Remedios Varo, Gunther Gerzso, Wolfgang Paalen, Wilfredo Lam, and Siqueiros, among others. The artists are represented at different periods in their careers, which is what adds to the value of the collection and makes it an important teaching model.

Nova Southeastern University proudly honors one of our community’s most vibrantly warm and engaging couples at this year’s Celebration of Excellence.