Alas, @ColumbiaUniversity professor, former SEC Commissioner Harvey Goldschmid dies at 74 via @KaraScannell— John Coates (@jciv) February 12, 2015
I frequently disagreed with Professor/Commissioner Goldschmidt, but I had great respect for his vast knowledge and remarkable expertise. On the few occasions we met, he was invariably courteous and friendly.
The WSJ's obit reads in part:
“He will go down in history as one of the giants of the SEC,” said Arthur Levitt, who was SEC chairman while Mr. Goldschmid was a senior staffer there. Mr. Goldschmid was “the personification of the qualities of patriotism and scholarship,” Mr. Levitt said.
Mr. Goldschmid was the SEC’s general counsel in 1998-99, a special senior adviser to Mr. Levitt in 2000, and an SEC commissioner from 2002 to 2005. He was sworn in as a commissioner the day after President George W. Bush in 2002 signed the Sarbanes-Oxley corporate-reform law and helped with many aspects of its implementation, including the creation of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, the government’s auditing regulator. ...
And from the Reuters obit:
"Harvey was in a class by himself in terms of understanding the securities laws," said Joel Seligman, the president of the University of Rochester and a leading expert on securities law.
Seligman, who authored a tribute to Goldschmid in a 2006 Columbia Law Review article, described him as the most influential SEC commissioner in history who never rose to become chair.
I understand that Harvey is survived by his wife, Mary, and his children, Charles, Paul and Joseph. Although I never met them, I extend my condolences anyway. He was one of the good guys.