Norman Goodman, 95, Dies; Summoned Manhattanites to Jury Duty, Like It or Not

Yes, he existed. For generations, this clerk of New York County’s printed signature in the upper-left-hand corner of a mailed summons was something to dread.

Comments: 11

  1. RIP Mr. Goodman. I will miss his sense of humor and fierce dedication to his work. And I will miss the summons with his name on the them.

  2. Farewell, Mr. Goodman. For years I too dreaded receiving the notice bearing his name on it. But I always served (most recently last fall) and have been foreman three times. One question I would have liked to ask Mr. Goodman is why some people (like myself) get called frequently to serve when other people never get called or are called very infrequently. I don't drive so perhaps it's because I vote regularly? Who knows?

  3. Thank you so much for this delightful profile that gives me a sense of the man's personality and elan. Right now, when civil servants are struggling in this country, we absolutely should be celebrating people like Norman Goodman. There are rewards to a life in civil service. My father was a judge, so I know better than to ever complain about jury duty! As my father said, it's a privilege, not a duty.

  4. "Render unto Caesar that which is Caesar's." Love it. Seems like a solid, dedicated public servant. Life well-lived.

  5. My husband and I have both willingly served on juries over the years. The experience can be difficult and nerve-wracking but also enriching and eye-opening. We admired Norman Goodman and he was a sort of local archetype for us--for many New Yorkers, I would say.

  6. RIP. Answered his call to civic duty many times.

  7. I'm going on Monday morning Mr. Goodman, and I promise to try to be on time….It's NYC aftercall. Lady Justice thanks you. Enjoy the long retirement sir.

  8. The paper always does such a good job on these celebrations of life.

  9. Another literary gem from those masters of the English language -- the obit writers of the New York Times. Yes, death can be said and tragic. But these people have a way of telling the tale of the lost life that really the first level of history written in a manner that makes them literature in the truest sense of that term.

  10. The Obit section the the first must read of the NYT every day because of obits like this one. There is so much history in the obit pages of famous people not famous people who somehow had an effect and touched countless of lives.

  11. NYC has lost one of its greats! NYU too, as Norman's wisdom was artfully applied to its alumni affairs. His winning smile and delightfully dry humor have burned their way into the memories of thousands, who celebrate having known him.