Everett F. Goldberg, who specialized in the law of communications and artificial intelligence, died Friday of cancer at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He would have been 55 next week.
Mr. Goldberg, a native of Buffalo, N.Y., came to the University of Maryland School of Law in 1967 and was its associate dean for a decade. He taught a number of subjects, but his specialties were property and communications law.
In the rapidly changing field of communications, Mr. Goldberg was interested in developing laws and regulations for cable television. More recently, he had become involved in legal projects using artificial intelligence.
He was chairman of the first Baltimore Mayor's Committee on Cable Television, which reported in 1973 on developing a cable system for the city. He was a member of a second commission that reported in 1981 and was on the board of directors of the Baltimore Cable Access Corp.
Mr. Goldberg also served as president of the Maryland DWI Law Institute.
He was associate dean of the law school from 1975 to 1985 and in charge of a number of administrative projects including overseeing the construction of a new law library. He also directed the computer automation of the law school.
Mr. Goldberg was a relaxed, witty man who took great personal interest in his students. During his six-month illness, he received great encouragement from the outpouring of support from students and former students, as well as colleagues and friends.
Mr. Goldberg attended Princeton University and Harvard Law School, graduating from both with honors.
During a stint in the Peace Corps from 1963 to 1965, he was legal adviser to the city of Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia.
He helped the city draft its first municipal code, then stayed on for an additional year as a lecturer to the law faculty at Haile Selassie I University.
He was a visiting scholar in 1981 at Kings College and the Faculty of Law at Cambridge University in England.
In Ethiopia in 1964, Mr. Goldberg married the former Patricia Traeger of Buffalo, and they had an African honeymoon. Both their mothers went on the trip.
Mr. Goldberg and his family lived in Mount Washington. He was a keen tennis player and cyclist, who completed a "century" -- a 100-mile bicycling event -- at age 50.
Services were to be held at 1 p.m. today at Sol Levinson & Bros., 6010 Reisterstown Road. Interment will follow in Oheb Shalom Memorial Park.
A memorial service is being planned at the University of Maryland School of Law.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by two children, Jennifer Goldberg and Douglas Goldberg, both of Baltimore; and a brother, Daniel Goldberg, of New Rochelle, N.Y.
Memorial contributions may be sent to the Johns Hopkins Oncology Center, 600 N. Wolfe St., Baltimore 21287.