CONCORD (CBS) – Lewis Katz was a booster of education, which is why he flew with three friends to attend a fundraiser at the Concord home of renowned historian Doris Kearns Goodwin for a school her son Michael heads.

Michael Goodwin’s program at Concord-Carlisle High School, called Rivers and Revolution, combines classroom skills with nature exploration. He wants to expand the program tuition free to other schools around the country and the world.

But that costs money and is why Lewis Katz and his New Jersey friends, Anne Brennan Leeds, Marcella Dalsey and Susan Asbell, were at the fundraiser with 200 people.

Harvard physics professor Eric Mazur attended and was stunned to learn Katz and his friends were killed on the way home.

“It’s very, very sad. I left the event elated at this whole idea and then to hear that such a tragic event followed shortly after, that’s very, very depressing,” he told WBZ-TV.

Doris Kearns Goodwin said in a statement: “I have lost a great friend, his family has lost a great father and grandfather, and the country has lost a great man.”

Michael Goodwin called Katz’s death “a crushing and devastating loss.”



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