Esther Goodman, 96, firm's owner

March 08, 2006

Esther M. Goodman, former owner of a Baltimore real estate and development company and longtime volunteer, died of respiratory failure March 1 at Heart Homes in Annapolis. She was 96.

She was born Esther Mae Newman and raised in Danville, Pa. In 1932, she married Irving Edward Cohen, owner of Realty Trader and the Hanor Development Co. After his death in 1935, she operated the businesses for two decades.

She was married in 1946 to Alexander Goodman, an attorney and member of the House of Delegates who died in 1956.

The former longtime Park Heights Avenue resident volunteered for many years at Levindale Hebrew Geriatric Center & Hospital, Hadassah and Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland.

Mrs. Goodman enjoyed cooking and entertaining.

Services were Friday.

Surviving are two sons, Joseph P. Cohen of Annapolis and Morris H. Goodman of Dearborn, Mich.; two sisters, Dorothy A. Abramson and Margaret Cummins, both of Baltimore; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

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