Robert Goldstein

[Age 83] A veteran of World War II, he followed in the footsteps of his father and became a urologist.

December 20, 2006|By Frederick N. Rasmussen | Frederick N. Rasmussen,sun reporter

Dr. Robert B. Goldstein, a retired Baltimore urologist and combat veteran of World War II, died of cancer Friday at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care. The Jarrettsville resident was 83.

Born in Baltimore and raised in Forest Park, he was the son of Dr. Albert E. Goldstein, an internationally known urological surgeon and longtime head of the division of urology at Sinai Hospital.

After graduating from Forest Park High School in 1941, he decided to enlist in the Marine Corps.

"He was at his family's summer home on the South River when his father asked one day, `Bob, where are you going to be in September?' and he replied, `Parris Island.' His father said, `Parris Island? I've never heard of that college,'" said Dr. Thomas E. Hunt Jr., a retired Baltimore orthopedic surgeon and medical school roommate.

As a Marine Corps telephone lineman, he fought in the Guadalcanal, Bougainville and Guam campaigns with the 3rd Marine Division and landed in Nagasaki, Japan, six weeks after the atomic bomb was dropped.

"Bob used to say, `I told myself if I get out of Guadalcanal alive, I'm never going to let anything bother me the rest of my life,' and that's the way he was," Dr. Hunt said. "He was unflappable, kind and considerate, and never got upset about anything. He had a very natural way about him."

After the war, Dr. Goldstein earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Maryland, College Park, and his medical degree from the UM medical school in 1954.

"I think he was influenced by his father and what he had seen during the war in the Pacific that moved him toward a medical career," Dr. Hunt said.

After completing residencies in general surgery at the former University Hospital and in urology at Sinai, then located on East Monument Street, Dr. Goldstein went into practice with his father in an office on North Charles Street near the Johns Hopkins University.

He worked with his father and Dr. Seymour W. Rubin in perfecting an artificial bladder that was used in dogs and humans.

He continued in his practice, teaching at the University of Maryland medical school and serving as a member of its admissions committee until retiring in 1998.

"His patients thought the world of him, and he was held in very high regard by his peers. I didn't know anyone who didn't think well of him," Dr. Hunt said.

"He had quite a legacy to live up to, and he did it well," said Dr. Theodore C. Patterson, a retired family practitioner and longtime friend. "He was an individual who lived life to the fullest. He enjoyed good food, wine, theater and the symphony, and, like me, was a wannabe golfer."

Like his father, Dr. Goldstein had been president of the Medical Alumni Association of the University of Maryland.

"They were the only father-and-son team to ever have been president of the Medical Alumni Association," Dr. Patterson said.

He enjoyed reading about World War II and American history.

Dr. Goldstein enjoyed playing golf at Sparrows Point Country Club, where he was a member. He was an active member of the 3rd Marine Division Association and a member of the Jarrettsville Veterans of Foreign Wars post and American Legion Post 39 in Bel Air.

He was also a member of the Jarrettsville Lions Club and Sons of the American Revolution.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Bethel Presbyterian Church, 4135 Norrisville Road, White Hall.

Surviving are his wife of 56 years, the former Dorothy Tranter; two sons, Robert B. Goldstein Jr. of Madonna and Albert E. Goldstein of Baltimore; a daughter, Linda J. Mester of Freeland; a brother, William O. Goldstein of Baltimore; and three grandchildren.

fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com

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