Elmer J. Goldstein, 88, attorney for Social Security


Elmer J. Goldstein, a retired attorney whose career with the Social Security Administration spanned more than three decades, died Sunday of heart failure at Sinai Hospital. He was 88 and lived in Randallstown.

Mr. Goldstein began his SSA career in the late 1930s when the agency was in its infancy. He'd worked for the agency in Washington and New York City before moving in 1954 to Baltimore, where he remained until retiring from SSA in 1972.

"He was known for his cogent and lucid analyses of disability cases," said his son, Robert Goald of Cockeysville.

Born and raised in Cincinnati, where he graduated from high school, Mr. Goldstein earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Cincinnati in 1931. He was a 1934 graduate of the University of Cincinnati School of Law and was admitted to the Ohio state Bar that year.

In 1947, he was married to Jean Smith, who died in 1995.

An avid reader of history, politics and science, Mr. Goldstein also wrote an unpublished manuscript on the stock market and investing.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. today at Sol Levinson and Brothers, 8900 Reisterstown Road in Pikesville.

In addition to his son, Mr. Goldstein is survived by several cousins.

Edmond L. Franks, 97, Postal Service supervisor

Edmond L. Franks, a retired U.S. Postal Service supervisor and avid duckpin bowler and golfer, died Friday of a heart attack at Edenwald Retirement Community in Towson. He was 87.

The longtime Cockeysville resident began his 35-year career with the Postal Service in 1938. He rose from a letter carrier and parcel-post worker to supervisor of accounting. At his retirement in 1973, he was assigned to the main post office on Fayette Street in downtown Baltimore.

Born in Ferrel, Pa., Mr. Franks moved to East Baltimore as a child and graduated from City College. He worked as a shoe salesman and later as a steel worker at Bethlehem Steel Corp. at Sparrows Point, before going to work for the Postal Service.

He was married in 1934 to Katherine I. Ritzel, who died in 1995.

Besides duckpin bowling and golf, Mr. Franks enjoyed playing poker and shooting pool with his friends. He was a member of the retired Postal Supervisors group and the Loyola High School Fathers' Club. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus.

He was a communicant of St. Ursula Roman Catholic Church, 8801 Harford Road, Parkville, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 9 a.m. today. He is survived by two sons, Edmond J. Franks of Baltimore and M. Peter Franks of Medford, N.J.; a daughter, M. Kathy Spath of Chase; three brothers, Gene Franks of Dundalk, Julius Franks of Cockeysville and Louis Franks of Florida; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Ursula M. Anderson, 58, managed officer's club

Ursula M. Anderson, former manager of the Fort Meade Officer's Club, died Friday of cancer at Walter Reed Hospital. She was 58.

The Odenton resident began her career in the early 1970s as a bartender at the officer's club and was later promoted to bar manager and assistant manager. She served as manager of the club from 1982 until her retirement in 1995.

The former Ursula Beetz was born and raised in Berlin, Germany, where she was educated. She was married in 1963 to Lewis W. Anderson, a career Army officer.

She enjoyed golfing and was a former member and past president of the Ladies Nine Holers at Fort Meade and was a member of the 18 Holers, also at the Anne Arundel County military installation.

Mrs. Anderson was a member of the Cavalry Chapel at Fort Meade, Simonds and Sixth Armored Cavalry Road, where services services will be held at 11: 30 a.m. tomorrow

In addition to her husband, Mrs. Anderson is survived by a daughter, Denise C. Anderson of Crofton; and a grandson, Ryan Anderson of Crofton.

Pub Date: 1/05/99

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