Constance Alston, 71, Coppin State nurse Constance E...

September 05, 2000

Constance Alston, 71, Coppin State nurse

Constance E. Alston, the first full-time nurse at Coppin State College, died Aug. 29 of colon disease at Bon Secours Hospital in Baltimore. She was 71.

Born in Statesville, N.C., she attended public schools in Baltimore and graduated from Frederick Douglass High School in 1947.

She graduated from Provident Hospital School of Nursing in 1951.

Mrs. Alston married Joe L. Alston the next year and went to work at Provident Hospital and the Baltimore City Health Department.

In 1960, she became the first full-time nurse at Coppin State.

"She really wanted to work for the college," said son Craig Alston of Baltimore. "It was a black college in a black community, and she felt like she had something to give back. She loved it. She said it kept her young being around all the students."

In 1982, sensing psychiatric needs in the community, her son said, she shifted to the Walter P. Carter Center to work as a psychiatric nurse. She retired from there in 1990.

After retirement, Mrs. Alston continued to volunteer as a nurse at the Carter Center.

She sang in the choir and worked as clerk and financial secretary at New Metropolitan Baptist Church, where she was a member. She later joined Sharon Baptist Church.

Her husband died in 1976.

Services were held Saturday at Sharon Baptist Church.

She also is survived by another son, Joel Alston of Baltimore; and a granddaughter.

Seymour P. Goodman, 93, co-founder of food journal

Seymour P. Goodman, co-founder and publisher of Food World, a food trade journal, died in his sleep Thursday at the Bedford Court retirement community in Silver Spring. He was 93.

For years until his retirement in the 1970s, Mr. Goodman was publisher of the industry trade journal, which he co-founded in 1947.

Published in Baltimore, the magazine served the food trade industry in the South Atlantic region.

The former longtime Mount Washington resident was born and raised in Northwest Baltimore and graduated from City College in 1926.

He earned his bachelor's degree from the Johns Hopkins University.

A violinist, Mr. Goodman was an active supporter of music in Baltimore and of the Walters Art Gallery.

His marriage to Bessie Goodman ended in divorce.

He is survived by his wife of 32 years, the former Edythe Fishman.

Services were held Friday at the Hebrew Friendship Cemetery in Baltimore.

He also is survived by a son, Allan Goodman of Granite Bay, Calif.; and two sisters, Carlyn Marks of Seattle and Sarita Baker of Aberdeen.

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