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Gerson F. Goldsmith ’41

Gerson F. Goldsmith ’41, January 28, 1998, in Portland. He attended Reed for two years and then transferred to Stanford to pursue prelaw studies. He received a BA from Stanford in 1941 and a JD in 1947. During World War II he served as a lieutenant commander in the U.S. Navy. He married Mathilda Fischl in 1946, and the couple returned to the Portland area in 1947, settling in Lake Oswego. He was an attorney in Portland for over 40 years, and was a partner in the firm of Goldsmith Seigel Engel and Littlefield until his retirement in 1992. In later years he suffered from Parkinson’s Disease. He was a member of the Oregon Public Welfare Commission in 1957–61, and served on the Governor’s Committee on Aging in 1971–73. He also served on the board of directors of the Portland Hospice House. Survivors include his sons, Jeff ’70 and Andrew ’71; a daughter; brothers John ’42 and Arthur; and four grandchildren. His wife died in 1991.

Appeared in Reed magazine: May 1998

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