Dr. Goldhammer obtained a BA in literature and languages at Reed College in 1938. In the years that followed, he worked as a teacher, principal and superintendent in Idaho and Oregon. He was an Assistant Professor at Stanford University in the 1950s and later became a professor, assistant dean, and director of the Bureau of Educational Research at the University of Oregon. Dr. Goldhammer served as dean of the School of Education at Oregon State University until 1972 when he became dean of the College of Education at Michigan State University. He retired in 1983.
Dr. Goldhammer had many interests including evaluation of experimental teacher education programs, decision making at the community level and career education. He is widely published in the field of education.
Dr. Keith Goldhammer is remembered as a dedicated and caring educator, researcher, and leader.