GOLDENBERG, I. IRA, 73, of Miami Beach, FL, passed away peacefully in his sleep early last week - to join his heroes, Mickey Mantle and Joe DiMaggio in the great Yankee Stadium beyond. Dr. Goldenberg (a.k.a. Ira, Itzik, Dad, Zaide), originally of Bronx, NY, started his baseball career at a young age at PS 44 (Farragut Junior High School). He later achieved idol status at the storied Camp Kinderland, as both second baseman and star shortstop. While his recreational passion was baseball, his professional passion centered on issues of social change and justice. Having held positions at Yale, Harvard and other distinguished institutions of higher education, he finally retired from academic administration from Florida International University in 2001. Having earned and been recognized for countless achievements and awards over his very active and productive 50+ year career, it was during his retirement that he received one of his proudest in 2004, the "Mitzvah Award" as a volunteer in the ER of Mount Sinai Medical Center. His beloved wife of over 46 years, Susan (a.k.a. Sunny), passed away earlier this year. He is survived by his four adoring children (Ari, Sair, Raychul and Asa) and ten loving grandchildren (Zachariah, Elijah, Autumn, Tigerlily, Cerina, Pazit, Ila, Alyssa, Jaxon and Laken). It is his wish, that in lieu of flowers, all donations be made to the "Fannie and Nathan Goldenberg Summer Scholarship Fund" c/o Camp Kinderland 16 Court Street, Suite 2200 Brooklyn, NY 11241. View this Guest Book at www.

Published in The Miami Herald on November 7, 2010