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Goodstein, Robert David

Robert David Goodstein passed away peacefully in his sleep on April 8, 2013. He was 65. He was born in New York City and moved to New Rochelle, NY while in elementary school. He attended the University of Wisconsin at Madison where he received his BA and MA in Colonial American History. He then attended St. John's Law school and received his JD in 1975. He practiced law in New York City for the State Division of Human Rights before opening his own practice in New Rochelle in 1980 where he worked until his death. Notable cases he litigated include State Division of Human Rights v. New York City Road Runners to allow wheelchair-bound athletes to compete in the New York City Marathon, and Hispanic Society (Guardians Association) v. City of New York, in which he argued before the US Supreme Court to defend a settlement in which a quota of African Americans were promoted to the position of Sergeant in the New York City Police Department.

He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Donna Goodstein of New Rochelle; his daughter Rachel Koldewyn, her husband Kennis and his granddaughter Adina of Brookfield, CT; his son Michael Goodstein and his wife Emily Ryan of Irvine, CA; his daughter Rebecca Goodstein of San Francisco, CA; his daughter of the heart Janice DiEdwards and her two children, Danny and Katelyn of New Rochelle; his mother, Sarah Goodstein of Scarsdale, NY; his sister Barbara Gabin and her husband Glenn in Scarsdale and their nine children and 5 grandchildren. He will be greatly missed.

The funeral is being held on April 10 at 9:30 am in Riverside Memorial Chapel in Mt. Vernon, NY, with internment to follow in Sharon Gardens in Vahalla, NY. The family asks that in lieu of flowers donations be sent to the Pelham Jewish Center, 451 Esplanade, Pelham Manor, NY and Stein Yeshiva of Lincoln Park, 287 Central Park Avenue, Yonkers, NY.

Published in the The Journal News on Apr. 10, 2013
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