Board Member Emeritus


Richard Sontag (1934-2009) was a long time trustee and friend of Goddard College. Richard graduated from North Carolina State and served for eight years as an elected official in Stamford, Connecticut. He was the founder, chairman and CEO of Liberty National Bank in Stamford, and an originator of the Bank of Westport and the Bank of Greenwich. He and his wife, Lois Weinstein Sontag, (RUP ’47) were married for 58 years. Richard alternated terms with his wife for numerous years, so that in general each replaced the other on the Board. Richard Sontag supported the college for 50 years because of his strong belief that Goddard provided “a light and a door into the future of education.” He was named the first Board Member Emeritus in 2006 for his long service to Goddard’s financial and educational development.