Shirley Feldman, social worker, volunteer

February 19, 2010|By Frederick N. Rasmussen

Shirley H. Feldman, a social worker, volunteer and world traveler, died Tuesday of cancer at Sinai Hospital. The Pikesville resident was 90.

Shirley Haas, the daughter of a clothing manufacturer and a schoolteacher, was born and raised in New York City.

She was a 1936 graduate of Hunter College High School and earned a bachelor's degree in economics in 1940 from Smith College.

After earning a master's degree in social work in 1942 from Columbia University, she worked for several years as a social worker in Manhattan.

Mrs. Feldman came to Baltimore after her 1945 marriage to Jack Feldman, who with his brothers had founded Webster Clothes, a Mid-Atlantic chain of menswear stores.

He died in 1973.

Mrs. Feldman, who had resided for years in the city's Upper Park Heights neighborhood, was a longtime volunteer with the Children's Guild and The Chimes in Mount Washington.

"When she was at Smith, she wanted to study French but because of the war couldn't study abroad, so she studied economics," said a daughter, Suzanne Feldman Rosenthal of Lutherville. "However, she was a Francophile and especially enjoyed her trips to Paris."

Mrs. Feldman, who had lived at the North Oaks retirement community in Pikesville in recent years, was an avid bridge player. She also enjoyed attending the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Center Stage and Everyman Theatre.

She was a member of the Smith College Club of Baltimore and the Suburban Club. She was also a member of Har Sinai Congregation.

Services will be held at 3 p.m. today at Sol Levinson & Bros., 8900 Reisterstown Road.

Also surviving are another daughter, Nancy Feldman Gimbel of Paradise Valley, Ariz.; a sister, Marjorie Edwards of New York City; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

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