Obit: William Goldberg, former president of the New York DDC

William Goldberg, former president of the New York Diamond Dealers Club and a legend of the New York diamond industry, died Monday after a brief illness.

Gemological Institute of America President William E. Boyajian announced his death at the GIA’s Legion of Honor dinner.

With his gravely voice, brown fedora, and free-flowing white hair, Goldberg was an unmistakable presence on 47th Street. He was something of a media darling, appearing on the cover of New York Newsday’s Sunday magazine and TV programs ranging from 60 Minutes to Prime Time Live.

Goldberg’s company was a sightholder and among the largest on 47th Street. One of his specialties was large stones. He served as president of the New York Diamond Dealers Club during the 1980s.