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Brian M. Goldstein

February 23, 1944 November 21, 2022
Brian M.  Goldstein
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Brian Michael Goldstein passed away peacefully on Monday, November 21st, 2022, surrounded by his family. He was 78 years old. Brian was born in Davenport, Iowa to Benjamin and Florence Goldstein and grew up in Rock Island, Illinois. Despite being an only child, Brian was blessed to have his five Slivken cousins who lived just a few miles away and eleven Goldstein cousins in Rochester, NY.


He was a graduate of the University of Iowa, where he met his wife, Susan Lawrence. Brian went on to get his Ph.D in Pharmacology at the University of Missouri, during which time he and Sue had their first child, Joshua. He then returned to the University of Iowa to do post doctoral research in Cardiovascular Pharmacology, and he and Sue added a second son, Gregory to their family. Following his studies, Brian, Sue, Josh and Greg relocated to White Plains, NY where Brian began his career in pharmaceutical research. They soon added a daughter, Laura to their young family.


Brian was an accomplished researcher in the field of hypertension (high blood pressure) with a passion for details and a strong sense of the importance of his work in helping prolong and save the lives of others. During his long and distinguished career he served at United States Vitamin (USV), Lederle Laboratories, American Cyanamid, and American Home Products. Compounds that he helped develop and test are still saving lives today.


Brian placed tremendous value in education and was always interested in technology. In 1977, Brian was an early adopter of home computing, purchasing a TRS-80 for his family, followed by an IBM PC in 1983, and countless computers since. He was a long-time Board member of the Westchester PC Users Group. His family’s early exposure to this trend provided an incredible head start in computer literacy that continues to deliver personal and professional benefits to this day.


Brian was an astute investor and student of the stock market, a skill handed down from his father Ben and passed along to his children. With CNBC on the TV in his office and trading screens on his computer, he watched for opportunities to optimize his portfolio while dabbling in options trades. What analysts and pundits were saying was often a heated discussion and debate topic. He taught financial responsibility, prudence, and independence and the importance of staying calm and taking a long-term view.


Brian was a handyman, a craftsman, and a tinkerer, who took on numerous home improvement projects with the same eye for detail that he placed in his professional work. Over the years he might be seen on a ladder painting the house, on the roof cleaning the gutters, on the ground leveling stone pavers in his front walk, mowing the lawn, repairing window screens, shoveling snow from the driveway, or caulking the windows. Inside he was a plumber, a drywaller, a painter, and a finish carpenter. He loved working with tools, especially those handed down to him from his father. In his home workshop he created woodworking and plexiglas art, and operated a darkroom where he developed family photographs. Later on, as the technology emerged, he made the switch to digital photography, lovingly documenting the lives of his young grandchildren.


If you ever wanted to find Brian, the best place to look was on the floor. After meals, he would lie on his back outside the kitchen with his children playing ‘hop on pop’ and him moaning in simultaneous joy and overstuffed belly agony. He loved getting down on the floor to play with his grandchildren and their toys, and was a very good sport playing along in any imaginary games they led.


Brian attended countless sporting and life events for his children and grandchildren, proudly beaming at them all and recording everything on his iPhone, which he pretty much only used for that purpose. He and Sue enjoyed traveling to visit their children and grandchildren in South Salem, NY, California, and Massachusetts. They always made every effort to join their extended family for special occasions, making countless trips to the Midwest and upstate New York.


Brian loved silly jokes, late night ice cream, all kinds of new technology, and inexplicably - moose. He was honest to a fault and valued that trait in others. He was best at laughing at himself, which he sometimes did with such zeal that he stopped making any sound at all, a phenomenon which made everybody around him laugh too. He always took the high road, even if it was the more difficult path. He was quiet most of the time, but always said exactly the right thing when it was needed. Above all else, he loved and was devoted to his wife, his children, and his grandchildren. He had the utmost pride in his family and reveled in their endeavors, accomplishments, and adventures.


He is survived and dearly missed by his wife, Susan, his children and their partners Joshua & Abby, Gregory & Deborah, and Laura & Ned, and his grandchildren Benjamin, Grant, Samantha, Max, Jacob, Zachary, Charlotte, and James.


A memorial and burial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, November 23rd at Sharon Gardens Cemetery, 273 Lakeview Ave, Valhalla, NY. Shiva will be observed on Wednesday at the home of Gregory and Deborah Goldstein from 4-8 p.m. at 2 Old Oscaleta Road, South Salem, NY.


For more information or to place an online condolence, visit www.zionchapel.com.


In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Center for Discovery 31 Kinnebrook Rd, Harris, NY 12742. www.thecenterfordiscovery.org

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1:00 PM 11/23/2022 1:00:00 PM
Sharon Gardens Cemetery

Valhalla, NY

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Valhalla NY
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