Former Easton Mayor Thomas Goldsmith ’63 died Jan. 11.
“Lafayette College took great pride in the enormous contributions made to the City of Easton by one of our own alumni. We mourn the loss of Tom Goldsmith and extend our deepest condolences to his family and friends,” President Alison R. Byerly said.
Current Mayor Sal Panto told lehighvalleylive.com that Goldsmith “was an excellent public servant who really worked hard for the city.”
In 1997, Lafayette awarded Goldsmith an honorary doctorate for his work to revitalize downtown Easton, including his efforts to revive a vacant office building and an abandoned department store on Center Square.
The citation read: “Easton gradually fell on hard times, its thoroughfares lined with vacant storefronts, an empty office tower and an abandoned department store casting gloom over its grand central square…. The once-empty store now resounds with the delight of children visiting the Crayola Factory and National Canal Museum in Two Rivers Landing, and the lights of city government burn in a revived office building next door. The Square is once again the vital center.”
The city has since relocated its offices to 123 S. Third St., and the College now leases three floors in that office tower, the Alpha Building.