Ralph Green Golden, 89, a resident of Rockville, MD, for 58 years, passed away on Saturday, February 15, 2014 of congestive heart failure. Following his wishes, his body was donated for scientific research.
Ralph was born on May 3, 1924 in Chicago, IL to Dr. John and Annette Golden. He graduated from the University of Illinois in 1953. He served in the U.S. Army 101 Airborne Division during WWII and the Korean Conflict. He was a founding member of the Rockville Unitarian Universalist Congregation where he was a Scoutmaster, Sunday School teacher, and member of the Search Committee. He worked for the U.S. Government at NIMH, the Tariff Commission and the FDA. He was past President of the Apple Mountain Lake South Citizen's Assn. in Linden, VA, where he built their Mountain Top home.
Surviving are his wife of 60 years, Jewell Elizabeth Golden, daughter Jillian Zimmermann, of Rochester, NY, son John King Holden, of Yorkville, IL; brothers Gregory (Nancy) Sheffield of Lockwood, NY, Darwin (Mary Alice) Golden, of Denver, CO, Bruce (Annette) Golden, MD of Chicago, IL; in-laws Alexandra (William) Chase, of New City, NY; seven grandchildren, Michelle (Adam), Laura, John II, Adriana, Alexandra, Harrison, David; great grandson Artell; and many nieces and nephews.
A Memorial Service will be held at the Rockville Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 100 Welsh Park Drive, Rockville, MD, on Palm Sunday, April 13, at 3pm. Reception to follow.
This obituary was originally published in The Gazette (Gaithersburg, MD).