With Robin Goldston up for next Club President, clues for getting his attention are good to know. Here’s one: Chelsea Soccer Club. Mutter the words within his earshot, watch what happens. 

MEMBER CAPITAL: Robin Goldston
by Ann Warman    

 

With Robin Goldston up for next Club President, clues for getting his attention are good to know. Here’s one: Chelsea Soccer Club. Mutter the words within his earshot, watch what happens.
 
Mr. Goldston was born and raised in the Southwest of England. His parents’ original London home was demolished by bombing, and his father was sent to Southwest England on Military duty.
 
Robin first came to the U.S. as a foreign student and attended the University of Massachusetts (U. of Mass.) in political science. While in college, he interned at the Massachusetts House of Representatives and there he saw, first-hand, how government makes laws.
 
One of Robin’s cherished college memories occurred after he’d participated in a particularly vigorous poli sci class discussion. As the students scuffled out the room, a sportly looking classmate tapped Robin on the shoulder and complimented him on his U.K. accent. Equating English origins with soccer fervor, the student brilliantly deduced that Robin might be recruited into playing on his soccer team. SOCCER!! No second thought needed. And with that, the young Mr. Goldston joined the rough and tumble Armenian Soccer team.
 
His college-years pigskin feats only served to fuel his lifelong rapture for the game, to his wife Kitty’s chagrin.
 
After graduating from U. of Mass., Robin returned to London, earned his Masters at the London School of Economics, then began work on his Ph.D. at McGill University in Quebec. His thesis, “Patronage,” involved interviewing politicians, some of whom later served prison terms.
 
He worked for several years at Moody’s as a senior analyst and manager, but he and Kitty realized New York was no place to raise three daughters. They moved to the Pacific Northwest where Kitty had been raised and settled on Bainbridge in 1989. He co-developed a Canadian clinical research organization, called Global IQ, managing clinical trials for biotech and drug companies.
 
For 8 years he coached girls soccer here on the Island, until his youngest daughter reached 15. He offers us his hard-earned wisdom, “When you coach boys, you yell at them, they’ll follow. With girls, you yell at them, they get upset. Then, they do exactly the opposite.”
 
Robin is honored to be President-Elect of our Club and looks forward to doing his bit to further our Club mission. And, don’t forget, Go! Chelsea!!