Great Neck North/South High SchoolClass Of 1960
Vicki was a very successful attorney here in Washington DC and lived
with her family in Bethesda. We spent time together and have fond
memories. She passed away from cancer about 15 years ago and was
living in Colorado at the time. She made her mark in the professional world and will be
missed by all who knew her.
Deborah Hance Owen
In memory of Vicki Greene Golden, "wife, mother, friend to all, champion of social justice," as printed in the program of the memorial for Vicki held at the Observation Deck, Eagle’s Nest, Vail, Colorado on March 11, 2001. Eleven months prior Marian Handelman Bressel, Vicki and I (Deb Hance Owen) sat on that deck and reminisced. We had not seen each other in many years and fortunately for me we were together that weekend dining and dancing at my daughter’s wedding in Vail, April 2000.
Vicki accomplished much in her 58 years. She was a graduate of Georgetown Law School and from 1975-1985 was an attorney in the Consumer Affairs Section of the US Department of Justice. She received two meritorious commendations from the US Attorney General. She went on to be a founding member of the law firm of Coshdan, Golden and Kane, specializing in employment law. She was a champion of the little guy. She told me that she was proud to have successfully represented D.C. female police officers in harassment and discrimination cases. She was on the Board of the Washington Employment Lawyers Association and a member of the National Employment Lawyers Association.
Vicki’s lifelong dream was to have a permanent residence in the Vail Valley having spent many winters skiing in Vail with her family. In 1997, she purchased a home in Minturn, Colorado, and relocated. This was about the time she was diagnosed with breast cancer. That didn’t slow her down. She was admitted to the bar in Colorado and was establishing an employment law practice in Vail as well as becoming very involved in civic affairs.
Vicki loved to ski, snowshoe, hike, go white water rafting and most of all spending time with her grandchildren. Her home in Minturn backed up on the Eagle River where you could hear and see all sorts of wildlife by the rushing water and on the mountainsides beyond. A block or so from her home and along the river was a small park, Little Beach Park, where she would take her grandchildren.
In July 2006, a playground was built and dedicated as "Grandma Vicki’s Playground." The renovation of the park and addition of the playground were due to the efforts of Vicki’s children, Eric and Megan, and the town of Minturn with over $100,000 in private donations, local public contributions as well as a $200,000 grant from the state of Colorado. A fitting tribute to a special friend and classmate. I visited the park in June of 2007. Pictures of her playground are posted on my profile page.
Vicki Greene Golden passed away February 3, 2001 in New York City at the home of her son, Eric.
See pictures of "Grandma Vicki's Playground" dedicated in 2006, on my profile - Deb Hance Owen
Vicki and I were friends here in DC and then law partners for a while. My husband and I and Vicki and her first husband Michael used to have dinner every Friday night at a Japanese restaurant. She has two great "kids", Eric and Megan. I keep in casual touch with her kids and her kids keep in touch with my kids. There were many years that Michael and Vicki and Joe and I were together every weekend. They had a boat and Vicki and I once took out the boat when both of our husbands were out of town and it died in the middle of The Bay. We were rescued after 4 hours of a 4' chop in the shipping lane. It was quite an adventure. Vicki was always up for an adventure and I miss her.
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