They Met at the School 45 Years Ago and Have Made Plans to Support Future Social Work Students

Alan and Kay standing outside in garden
Alan Goldberg, MSSW ’77 and Kay Udey, BSW 77, MSSW ‘82

Alan Goldberg, MSSW ’77 and Kay Udey, BSW 77, MSSW ‘82

Alan and Kay were in the same field unit in the mid 1970’s. They were focusing on aging and have found memories of their field work faculty member, Merle Schwei. Kay quipped that though it was a small group, Alan didn’t seem to notice her. Apparently that didn’t last long, and after graduation they married.

After working in the aging field in Wisconsin for a number of years, the bulk of their careers were in Bemidji, Minnesota. Kay worked for hospice for more than 20 years and Alan, who focused his career in administration and planning, was the head of the Area Agency on Aging. Alan also founded and directed Northern Exposure to Lifelong Learning, a nonprofit organization providing adult learning opportunities in several rural northern Minnesota communities.

After retiring, Alan and Kay returned to Wisconsin and now live in the house that Kay was born in, in Ft. Atkinson. They are active gardeners (as you can see in their photo) and reestablishing their ties to the community.

Alan explained that after he and Kay had read the 2021 issue of the alumni magazine Connections, which included a story about how fellow alums have established funds to support the school, they decided to include the school in their estate plans. Their generous gift will provide flexible support to support students and other high priority areas.