Louis L. Goldstein
2015 Hall of Fame Inductee
Louis L. Goldstein served as Maryland’ Comptroller of the Treasury from 1959 to 98, wearing the state comptroller badge for nearly 40 years. His name was synonymous with the words “state comptroller.” He served NASACT and its members throughout his tenure, with a term as president in 1969.
He was an elected state senator, serving as both majority leader and senate president. He ran a successful law firm with his wife Hazel. He was retired from the U.S. Marines and the Marine Corp Reserve.
During his life, he not only won numerous awards, but awards were named after him… as well as buildings… and highways. In 1997, the National Association of State Comptrollers established the Louis L. Goldstein Award for Excellence in his honor.
He was a multi-faceted leader, with many interests, including civic affairs, education, historic preservation, tourism, veteran’s affairs, conservation, and of course, government financial management.
During the civil rights struggle, Goldstein was a leader in promoting equal opportunity almost a decade before the federal government.
Under his leadership, the Comptroller’s Office was an international leader in applying innovation to financial recordkeeping. This was during a time when technology was changing rapidly… and rapidly changing the business of government.
He was, and still is, an inspiration, and his years of service leave a lasting impact upon the citizens and state employees of Maryland, as well as generations of government finance leaders around the country.