HERBERT GOLUB obituary (2021) – Boxford, MA

GOLUB, Herbert PhD Accomplished Psychologist Herbert Golub, Ph.D. was instrumental in passing the Psychologists Licensing Bill and Mandatory Mental Health Coverage for the Insurance Bill as a Chairman of the Legislative Committee and Secretary of the Massachusetts Psychological Association, two major factors in the psychological well-being of Massachusetts residents. Dr. Golub was born in Boston. He practiced the profession of clinical psychologist for almost 50 years. Dr Golub obtained his doctorate. from the University of Minnesota where he met his wife and fellow clinical psychologist, Carol Golub, Ph.D. Dr. Herbert Golub received his undergraduate degree from the University of Massachusetts, then 2 graduate degrees from Boston University. Dr Golub has held faculty positions at Northeastern University, Boston University, Tufts College and Cambridge College. Throughout his career, Dr Golub has maintained a private practice, sharing the home office in Boxford, MA with his wife, Dr Carol Golub. He was a visitor to the American Psychological Association’s site for approximately 30 years, evaluating undergraduate psychology internship programs across the country. He was a chief psychologist at the Melrose and then Haverhill mental health clinics and later a consultant for the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health. Dr Golub also consulted for the Department of Mental Health for a dozen years in Roxbury and Mattapan, which he found particularly rewarding as these were the communities where he was born and raised and which had become heavily populated by minorities and immigrants. He was well known and people waved to him as he passed in his Toyota Supra. For about 30 years, he served as an expert psychologist witness for the Social Security Administration, testifying whether applicants met Social Security disability standards. More recently, Drs. Golub was military family life consultants for the Department of Defense on bases in Germany and Belgium, working with soldiers deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan and with the families they left behind in Europe during their deployment. Dr Golub has participated in many community activities. While residing in Boxford, he served on the school committee of North Shore Technical High School for 6 years. For about 15 years he was elected chairman of the Democratic City of Boxford committee. During that time, he hosted monthly North Shore Democratic municipal committee meetings at which Senator John Kerry spoke when he first ran for office. He was a 32nd degree Mason and a Shriner. He was currently a member of the Martha’s Vineyard Healthy Aging Committee and the Martha’s Vineyard Democratic Council. Herbert and Carol Golub were married in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1967. They have a son, Steven, a highly regarded bus driver who drove the National Guard to Ground Zero on September 11. On different occasions, he led President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden to Air Force One meetings. He also led Ted Williams and other players to the All Star Game when he was in Boston several years ago. In 2016, the Golubs retired to Martha’s Vineyard at their Chilmark home for over 20 years. Dr. Golub’s professional pursuits included being an avid Boston sports enthusiast and traveler to many unique destinations including Iceland and Cape Horn at the tip of South America in the same year. He especially enjoyed attending Boston Celtics games via his season tickets during the Larry Bird years. In middle school and high school, he enjoyed going to Fenway Park to get free admission to games after the sixth round. Golubs have traveled extensively in the Caribbean, South America, Europe and New Zealand. Starting in 2008, they wintered in Santa Barbara, California, which became their second home community.

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Published by Boston Globe October 9-10, 2021.

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