Stuart Larry Goosman, Ph.D., of Wilton, Conn., passed away on March 6, 2017, at Danbury Hospital. He was born April 29, 1953, in Bridgeport, Conn., to Jerome M. Goosman and Juliette Goosman (formerly Rosen). His sister Robin Maxwell predeceases him. He leaves behind his wife of 27 years, Maxine Tobias, his two sons, Jerome Goosman and Antonio Goosman.
A working musician, college professor, author, and professional writer, Dr. Goosman’s life was not short on accomplishments. He was raised in Newtown, Conn., and his lifelong love of music began at an early age when he picked up the electric guitar and eventually switched over to the saxophone. After graduating from Bridgeport High School, he played in the horn section of a touring band for four years that booked club dates all along the East Coast. Shortly thereafter, he studied both jazz and classical music at Western Connecticut State University and graduated with a B.A. in Music, Cum Laude, in 1983. He then went on to earn a Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology at the University of Washington, Seattle, in 1992, and gigged with the Afro-pop band Je Ka Jo (meaning “Let’s Dance”).