Nathan Goldman, 88, retired professor
Nathan Goldman, a retired professor and D.C. native, died of complications from dementia June 17 at the Hospice of Washington. He was 88.
Born Sept. 7, 1915, in the District, Mr. Goldman graduated from Washington’s Central High School in 1932 as a lieutenant colonel in the Cadet Corps.
He graduated from George Washington University with a bachelor of science degree in 1936. He did graduate work at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he studied mathematics, received a master of science degree in 1937 and met his first wife, Minnette Godow.
When the United States entered World War II, Mr. Goldman and his brothers — Aaron and Balfour — volunteered for military service. Mr. Goldman joined the Navy and learned radar at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He later taught the subject to sailors in Virginia Beach.
When the war ended, he had been called to serve in the Pacific theater.
For several years before and after the war, Mr. Goldman taught math and physics, and his students included the pages at the U.S. Capitol.
He eventually switched form academia to business, taking a job in the late 1940s with Standard Cigar & Tobacco Co., his father’s company in the District. He earned twice the $5,000 he made per year as a math professor. He eventually became the company’s president and remained in that position until the company was sold in 1972.
His wife, Minnette, died of cancer in 1970.
In 1971, he took a cruise and met Marjory Spitzer, whom he married later that year.
Mr. Goldman was an active member of the District’s Jewish community. He was president of the Hebrew Free Loan Society, which gave loans to immigrants and students. It was established by both of Mr. Goldman’s grandfathers.
He also served as a board member of the Hebrew Home of Greater Washington, under which he volunteered on the admissions committee for the Revitz House.
He is survived by wife Marjory; a son, Jeffrey Goldman of Mount Airy, Md.; a daughter, Laura Mestelman of Ontario, Canada; a brother, Balfour Goldman, of Rockville; stepchildren Dean Spitzer of Mulberry, Fla., and Kim Schwartz of Armonk, N.Y.; four grandchildren and three stepgrandchildren.
Services have been held. Memorial contributions may be made to the Community Hospice of Washington, 3740 Upton St. NW, Washington, DC 20016.