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Goldstein, Murray
May 10, 1919 - December 26, 2012
With much sadness we inform you of the passing of Murray Goldstein, born in New York, New York, to his wonderful parents, Anna and Isadore Goldstein. Murray Goldstein proudly served in the United States Air Force for over three years in the South Pacific. He was a member of "The Third Attack Group of the United States Fifth Air Force," also known as "The Grim Reapers." He was in a famous mission in 1943 when his group crossed Simpson Harbor to the town of Rabaul, New Britain. He served in the Battle of Leyte, in the Philippines, and in Papua New Guinea. Though Murray experienced the horrors of war in the Pacific Theater, he told stories about his adventures to those he loved with humor, irony, and a keen sense of timing. For example, he often recalled being sent to Australia from his comfortable Air Force training quarters in St. Louis only to discover that the only place available for the American forces to sleep was a cricket field. Murray received his bachelor's degree from UCLA. Being a history major in college, he loved reading about the founding fathers of America and imitated their best characteristics in his own life. After graduating from Southwestern Law School, he began a successful career practicing law in Los Angeles. With a keen New York wit, a passion for his work, and a sincere embrace of West Coast style, he flourished in personal injury law, establishing offices in Beverly Hills and Encino. Murray Goldstein was a leader in his field. His gentlemanly yet incisive courtroom manner would become legendary, according to peers in the legal community. What made him a great lawyer was that he was intelligent, he cared, and he demonstrated a rare combination of courage, straightforwardness, and honesty in his profession. He was charismatic, enthusiastic, loyal, creative, and tenacious for each client. Notwithstanding his consistently mellow charm and big smile, Murray was a gladiator in the courtroom. He loved to win, and he felt that the fight was half the fun. Although one of his favorite places was the deck in his home overlooking the ocean in Malibu, Murray spent years exploring the world, from the Antarctic to the great cities of Europe and Africa, the Galapagos, and the places he served in the South Pacific. Murray had a lifelong passion for international travel and cherished his visits to Kenya, India, Thailand, Korea, and China, to name just a few. One particular trip he loved was through the Panama Canal, to Berlin, Germany. He also treasured a trip he took to Acapulco, a three-week cruise in Russia, and a month-long cruise in Greece. Murray was a loyal friend with a generous spirit and a vibrant personality. He missed many of his best friends who passed away before him, as he outlived most of his colleagues and contemporaries. He had hoped to reach 100; however, he enjoyed every minute of his 93 years. People often took his age for granted because he was so active and engaged. He took pleasure in classical music, and he often went to the opera. He had an affinity for wordplay, as reflected in his daily ritual of completing The New York Times crossword puzzle in ink. He was the consummate storyteller and will be missed for his irreverent humor. He showered all those around him with words of wisdom and laughter up until the very end. Recently, as Murray left for breakfast with a friend, he told his wife, Barbara Ann, "If the restaurant holds me for ransom, don't pay it! I'll get free myself!" Murray gave generously to many local charities throughout his life, and his great philanthropic endeavors will bear beautiful fruit long after his passing. Murray was predeceased by his first wife, Jeanette Suesserman Goldstein, his second wife, Esther Liu Goldstein, and his daughter, Elise Goldstein. He was the patriarch of his family. He is survived by his wife, Barbara Ann Himeles Goldstein, his daughter, Judy Goldstein Egan, his son, David Goldstein, his step-daughter, Darla Himeles, his step-son, Darren Himeles, and his step-daughter, Vanessa Himeles. Murray has six grandchildren, Lisa Egan Condren, Jason Wealleans, Justin Wealleans, Bianca Goldstein, Leah Goldstein, and Zachary Goldstein. He was blessed with four great-grandchildren, Camille, Brooke, Adrian, and Elise. Murray is also survived by his sister, Lillian That. The entire family embraces and cherishes the many memories of Murray Goldstein and his positive impact on our lives. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that expressions of love take the form of a contribution in Murray's memory to a Jewish congregation or organization, a medical cause, or any other worthy charity.
Memorial services and burial will be held at 3 pm on Sunday, December 30, at Hillside Memorial Park, 6001 Centinela Avenue. 310-641-0707.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Dec. 29 to Dec. 30, 2012
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