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AABGU Mourns the Passing of Philanthropist Alexander Goren

AABGU Mourns the Passing of Philanthropist Alexander Goren

February 23, 2021

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American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (AABGU) mourns the passing of philanthropist and finance executive Alexander M. Goren. He was 81.

The Goldstein-Goren family was one of the first to support the University in its infancy.  Actively involved with AABGU for the last 50 years, Mr. Goren served as the former chairman of BGU’s board of governors, former president of AABGU, and was a recipient of a BGU honorary doctorate in 2015. Alex’s son, Andrea, was a member of the first cohort of AABGU’s Zin Fellows Leadership Program and currently serves as AABGU’s treasurer.

“On behalf of all of us at AABGU, we extend our deepest sympathies to the Goren family. Alex’s passing is a tremendous loss for us all,” said Doug Seserman, chief executive officer, American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. “An inspirational leader, philanthropist, and an overall great human being, I always thought of Alex as a Renaissance man with a generous spirit. Alex played a formidable role in BGU’s incredible transformation over the last 50 years and he will be deeply missed.”

“Alex Goren was first and foremost a mensch. He was always willing to step up, always there to be counted upon,” said Ben-Gurion University President Prof. Daniel Chamovitz, “He was a part of the BGU family from the University’s inception. In fact, he and his family were among its very first supporters. We will all miss him and are grateful that a third generation of the Goldstein-Goren family is already deeply involved with the University,” Chamovitz added.

Over the years, the Cukier, Goldstein-Goren Foundation has established a scholarship endowment, the Goldstein-Goren Department of Jewish Thought, the Goldstein-Goren International Center for Jewish Thought, and the Avram and Stella Goldstein-Goren Department of Biotechnology Engineering. The Goldstein-Goren Family is a member of BGU’s esteemed President’s Pillars Society.

He is survived by his wife, Brooke W. Kroeger, their three children and seven grandchildren.

Alexander Goren, chairman emeritus of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev Credit: Dani Machlis


About American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (AABGU) plays a vital role in sustaining David Ben-Gurion’s vision: creating a world-class institution of education and research in the Israeli desert, nurturing the Negev community and sharing the University’s expertise locally and around the globe. Activities include showcasing BGU’s academic excellence and cutting-edge research through educational programs, events and informative communications. AABGU’s main purpose is to support Ben-Gurion’s vision and the university that bears his name by creating a community of Americans committed to improving the world tomorrow from the heart of the Israeli desert today.

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