Lt. Goldsmith was born in Panama to American parents and he and his family left Panama and arrived at the Port of New Orleans when he was 5 months old and immediately moved to Waco. He was a graduate of Waco High and attended Baylor University where he was a member of the Baylor Tennis Association. Lt. Goldsmith was voted by the Baylor student body to be a member of the first Honor Council. He was also a member of the Civil Aeronautics Association. In addition, he was a charter member of the Baylor Wings Club before receiving a commission in the Army Air Corp on November 10, 1941. Lt. Goldsmith lost his life when his plane collided mid-air and subsequently crashed while attempting a forced landing on his way back to England on September 10, 1942. He was 21 years old and is buried in an All-American cemetery near London, England. A memorial service was held at Central Christian Church Waco with Rev. William D. Daugherty presiding.