On the passing of Irvienne Goldson

Source: ABCD

It is with the deepest sadness that I share that Irvienne Goldson passed away suddenly this week. Irvienne joined ABCD in 1992 as manager of education and training and rose to become Deputy Director of our Health Services department. Her rare leadership and unflagging commitment to the Boston community made her not only respected but beloved.

With more than 30 years of commitment to justice and access to reproductive health, HIV and STI prevention and adolescent sexuality education, she was a trailblazer, mentor, teacher, and tireless advocate who saw health and racial equity as human rights.

With a passion for reproductive health, HIV and adolescent sexuality, she was an innovator who championed the inextricable link between equal access to health information, education, and care to personal development and empowerment.

Frequently recognized for her work with under-resourced people of color, particularly girls and young women, Irvienne was a woman of vision, determination, and action. We at ABCD mourn her loss as a dear friend and colleague, and we grieve alongside all those who knew her and loved her. Her heart was immense, her impact immeasurable. We will miss her always.


John J. Drew
Action for Boston Community Development