Jerome N. Goldberg

'Pikesville's photographer' owned studio for 42 years and helped establish the current Northwest Hospital Center.

October 04, 2008|By Jacques Kelly | Jacques Kelly,jacques.kelly@baltsun.com

Jerome Nathan Goldberg, a retired Pikesville photographer and community activist, died of acute respiratory failure Tuesday at Northwest Hospital Center. The Stevenson resident was 88.

Born in Baltimore and raised in East Baltimore, he was a 1937 City College graduate, where he was a member of the varsity fencing team.

"As a child, he sold newspapers at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, and he made the contacts that served him throughout his life," said his daughter, Margie Mae Goldberg-Okun, a pharmacist who lives in Stevenson. "He met famous doctors and their patients and made connections because of his strong and outgoing personality. He had a passion for people and helping."

Mr. Goldberg intended to become a pharmacist, but the untimely death of his mother at age 39 forced him to begin work to help support family members.

From 1941 to 1946 he was a member of the Maryland State Police and learned photography while a state trooper. Because of anti-Semitic prejudice, he used the surname Guill, family members said.

In 1945 he established his own business, Guill Photo, a Reisterstown Road photography shop opposite the state police headquarters. He owned the business for 42 years.

"He was considered Pikesville's photographer," his daughter said. "He would shoot photos at private functions, debutante parties, weddings and bar and bat mitzvahs. He also took photos of presidents Truman, Kennedy, Johnson, Ford and Vice President Agnew."

She said her father did commercial photography work for many Pikesville-area businesses, including WCAO and WCBM radio stations, Sweetheart Cup and the old Silbers Bakery. He also shot activities at McDonogh, Garrison Forest and St. Timothy's schools, among other assignments and clients. He also shot photos of actor Clayton Moore as the Lone Ranger.

In the 1960s and 1970s, he often worked at the old Painters Mill Music Fair and made photographs of music groups including the Dave Clark Five and the Monkees, as well as sports figures Alan Ameche, Johnny Unitas, Joe Frazier, Sugar Ray Leonard and Jack Dempsey.

His daughter said he was among the photographers who took photographs of the Beatles' 1964 visit to the old Baltimore Civic Center.

Mr. Goldberg also made photos of the construction of the Baltimore Beltway and Mondawmin shopping mall.

Mr. Goldberg joined the Pikesville Volunteer Fire Company years ago and at his death was listed as a life member. He had been an ambulance driver for the company in the 1940s and 1950s.

Family members said Mr. Goldberg worked to establish Baltimore County General Hospital, now Northwest Hospital Center, and he helped acquire the land where the Randallstown medical facility is located.

Plans for a funeral service are incomplete.

In addition to his daughter, survivors include his wife of 61 years, the former Lillian Switzenbaum with whom he worked at the photo studio; a sister, Rita Summerfield of Baltimore; and a granddaughter, Sandy W. Okun. A 6-year-old son, Samuel A. Morton Goldberg, died in 1959.

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