Jacob L. Goldstein, age 89, passed on Fri., Jan. 11, 2013. Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. on Sun., Jan. 13, at West View Cemetery.
Mr. Goldstein was born in Milledgeville, Ga. in 1923 to parents Celia and Abe Goldstein. He attended Georgia Military High School and Georgia Military Junior College. He also attended the University of Georgia, graduating with a BBA degree.
He served as a captain in Patton’s Third Army during World War II. He served for four years, receiving two Bronze Stars and the Combat Infantry Badge. He was associated with C. Goldstein and Sons (a department store and wholesale business) for more than 60 years, serving as president.
He was co-founder and member of the Board of First Federal Savings and Loan of Milledgeville. Later he became chairman of the BB&T Bank Board. Mr. Goldstein was a board member of Temple Beth Israel in Macon, a former chairman of the Merchant’s Committee for the Chamber of Commerce, a past member of the Planning and Zoning Commission, a past president of Milledgeville Kiwanis Club (where he had perfect attendance for 52 years) and a past Lt. Governor of Kiwanis Club International.
Mr. Goldstein was also a past State Drug Abuse chairman, a past president of the Georgia Military College Alumni Association, a former vice chair of the Georgia Military College Board of Trustees, an emeritus member of Georgia Military College Board of Trustees, a past president of Milledgeville County Club, a past member of the Baldwin County Industrial Authority, a past chairman of the Governor’s Private Industry Council, a past member of the Democratic State Committee, a former chairman of the Baldwin County Democratic Committee, a past director of the Georgia Association of Democratic County Chairs and a past chairman of the Milledgeville Public Facilities Authority.
Additionally, Mr. Goldstein chaired numerous charitable campaigns; was a member of the Masonic Order, Scottish Rite, Shrine and American Legion; a member of the Anti-Defamation League Board; an advisor to the Georgia Commission on the Holocaust; and a co-founder of Harriet’s Closet, which provides items for patients undergoing cancer treatment (just to mention a few of his many involvements). Mr. Goldstein was, however, very committed to GMC, for which he and his wife Maxine were recognized in 2005 for their legacy gift with the naming of the Goldstein Center for the Performing Arts. His ongoing support and dedication to excellence continues to impact GMC in meaningful ways.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Harriet Goldstein Greenhut; his brother, I.M. “Sonny” Goldstein; and his sister, Mary G. Stone. Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Maxine Shapiro Goldstein; a daughter, Marcia Goldstein; grandchildren: Elysa Greenwald, Fred Stein, Melissa Greenhut and Scott Greenhut; and great-grandchildren: Ian Greenwald, Rachel Greenwald, Tovar Stein and Delaney Stein.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Jacob L. Goldstein Scholarship Fund, c/o GMC 201 E. Greene St. Milledgeville, GA 31061; or to Harriet’s Closet c/o ORMC Foundation 811 N. Cobb St. Milledgeville, GA 31061. Visit mooresfuneralhome.com to express tributes. Moores Funeral Home & Crematory had charge of arrangements.