Solomon S. "Sol" Goldberg, lawyer, dies

He had chaired Harford County Human Relations Commission and been deputy chief judge advocate at Aberdeen Proving Ground

  • Solomon S. Goldberg
Solomon S. Goldberg
February 07, 2011|By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun

Solomon S. "Sol" Goldberg, a retired lawyer who had been deputy chief judge advocate of the Army's Test and Evaluation Command at Aberdeen Proving Ground, died Jan. 31 of undetermined causes at Upper Chesapeake Medical Center in Bel Air.

He was 89.

Mr. Goldberg, the son of a grocer and a homemaker, was born and raised in Brooklyn, N.Y. He was a graduate of city public schools.

He had completed his pre-law training and his first year of law school at St. John's University in New York City when he was drafted into the Army in 1942. He served as an aviation engineer until being discharged in 1945.

He returned to St. John's, where he earned his law degree in 1947, and was admitted to the New York Bar in 1948. In 1952, Mr. Goldberg earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from New York University.

He briefly practiced law in New York City before becoming a contract attorney adviser in 1953 at the Army's Chemical Center at the former Edgewood Arsenal.

Mr. Goldberg later was a journeyman procurement lawyer before being named in 1965 as the Test and Evaluation Command's deputy chief counsel.

During the last few years of his career, Mr. Goldberg was chief of the procurement department at the Test and Evaluation Command. He retired in 1997.

During the 1960s, while chairing the Harford County Human Relations Commission, Mr. Goldberg worked to desegregate Harford County and bring his "quiet form of wisdom to those efforts," said a son, Mark Goldberg of Des Plaines, Ill.

Mr. Goldberg had lived in the same home in Bel Air since 1966 with his wife of 59 years, the former Edna Green, a retired Baltimore Sun reporter.

He was an avid reader, solitaire player and world traveler. He also enjoyed cooking and liked growing tomatoes and flowers.

"Sol will be remembered for his patience, quiet nature and wisdom, fitting to one named for the wisest of ancient Israeli kings," said his son.

Services were Wednesday.

In addition to his wife and son, Mr. Goldberg is survived by another son, Alan S. Goldberg of Madison, Wis.; and two grandchildren.

fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com

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