Carolyn Gold, 82


DENVER, CO. – Carolyn (Mondshein) Gold, died peacefully at her home in Denver, Colorado on August 25, 2023.

Born in Providence in 1941, to M. Gertrude (Shindler) Mondshein and Jacob Mondshein, Carolyn was a summa cum laude graduate of Classical High School. She went on to study history at Radcliffe College of Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and graduated cum laude. While there, she met Harvard Law School student Larry (Laurence) Gold, and the two were married (during a memorable September hurricane) in Providence.

They moved first to Houston for a law clerkship and then to Washington, D.C., where they lived for more than 50 years. In Washington, Carolyn received a master’s degree in Education from George Washington University. Carolyn initially worked at the Library of Congress and then spent most of her career in education serving as head of the Lower School at the Maret School, where she was known to greet every student with a handshake each morning as they arrived to school. While at Maret, she created and ran the school’s Summer Plus program – a popular summer program of field trips for children to fascinating and often overlooked museums in the greater Washington area.

After her retirement, Carolyn continued to work with children through her volunteer activities at Children’s National Hospital, The U.S. Botanic Garden and The Building Museum, all in Washington, D.C. Carolyn and Larry retired to Denver in 2017 where she was able to spend time with her beloved granddaughters Alicia and Gina Gold. While in Colorado, she continued her volunteer work at the Denver Botanic Gardens.

She was an energetic walker and an avid reader of history, biographies and mysteries. She and Larry enjoyed traveling, and were fortunate to be able to travel the world together including recent trips to Egypt and Scotland.

In addition to her husband, Carolyn is survived by daughter Dr. Elizabeth Gold, of Seattle; son Matthew, daughter-in-law Masae, and granddaughters Alicia and Gina Gold, of Denver; and sister Susan (Mondshein) Tejada, of Bethesda, Maryland.

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