Barbara Jean (Bangert) Goldman passed away at age 87 at her home in Galveston, Texas on May 22, 2014. Barbara was born in Wakonda, South Dakota on November 26, 1926 to William F. and Katherine Sattler Bangert. She spent her childhood in Sioux City, Iowa.
After she received a degree in nursing from Methodist Hospital School of Nursing in Sioux City, Iowa and trained in obstetrical nursing at Chicago Wesley Memorial Hospital School of Nursing, she came to the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston to train in psychiatric nursing. Soon afterwards she accepted a position at the University of Texas Medical Branch as chief nurse during evenings in the psychiatric ward where the most severely ill psychiatric patients were treated. Barbara was one of the few nurses who was able to convince the patients to cooperate with their treatment. Over the years she expanded her role in health care by becoming a social worker and investigator in child protective services, and later a volunteer in a shelter for the protection of abused women.
During another phase of her spirited life, Barbara extended her formal education at the University of Houston where she obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in German and a Master’s Degree in Spanish. During that time, she wrote a number of short stories that were published in national magazines. Barbara also avidly studied classical literature and classical music, and played the violin for several years in the Galveston Symphony Orchestra. By example she encouraged her children to appreciate the arts and learn to play musical instruments.
Throughout her life, Barbara was the quintessential nurse – always caring for others – her children, husband, patients, friends, colleagues, and animal companions. She had an intense interest in wild and domesticated animals. During the last few decades of her life she owned two ranches, first in Ellinger, Texas and later in Hallettsville, Texas where she raised longhorn cattle and provided a habitat for wildflowers, birds and other wildlife.
Barbara is survived by her husband Armond Goldman of Galveston (and Santa Fe), TX; her brother Earl “Casey” Bangert of Sun City West, AZ; four of her children, Lynn (Doug Hayward), David (Nadia), Daniel (Frances) and Paul; a daughter-in-law Doria (Robert); eight grandchildren (Aaron, Ariel, Evir, Hannah, Carolyn, Johnason, Gibson, and Nicholas), and one great grandchild (Liliana).
We thank the home health personnel, hospice nurses, the medical and nursing staff of the University of Texas Medical Branch on Ward 10 C, therapists and the many medical, surgical, and radiological specialists for their excellent care of Barbara during her illness. Barbara died in peace. Donations to her memory may be made to the Habitat for Humanity.