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Barry R. Goldman


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Barry R. Goldman Obituary
September 7, 1942 - February 3, 2018 The Hon. Barry R. Goldman passed away peacefully at home under hospice care after a long illness. Judge Goldman was born on September 7, 1942 in Trenton, New Jersey, to his parents Abraham Goldman and Eleanor Goldman (Moskovitz). He was soon joined by his brother Mark and his sister Iris Assuncao. The family lived in Trenton until Barry's father acquired a meat business in Danbury, Connecticut, when Barry was 9 years old. Barry was a guard on his high school football team - he was the fastest offensive lineman and his team went undefeated his senior year. This explains some of the toughness that Barry carried with himself later in life. He graduated from Danbury High School in 1960 and went on to get a degree in Political Science from the University of Connecticut in 1964. While trained as a butcher in his father's business (Dad always said one needed a trade to fall back on just in case), Barry decided to head to California and visit his beloved aunt and uncle, Faye and the late Sam Gordon. He was smitten by California weather and never moved back to Danbury. While in California, and thanks to the influence of his Uncle Sam, Barry found his calling with the law. He was hired by the County of Los Angeles as a Detention Service Officer for the Department of Probation where he served at Juvenile Hall for ten years. During the last few years while working for the County, Barry went to law school at night and graduated from the San Fernando Valley College of Law (now La Verne) and was admitted to the State Bar as an attorney in June 1970. Barry practiced personal injury and workers' compensation law in private practice for a few years and eventually became employed as a staff trial attorney for the State Compensation Insurance Fund. He was a skilled trial attorney, known for his quick wit and his hat collection. Barry met and married his first wife, Robin Goldman (Myers). Barry remained close to Robin's three brothers and one sister and to his former in-laws Dr. Charlotte and Dr. Seymour Myers for years after Robin's untimely death from breast cancer. In 1989, Barry was appointed as a workers' compensation judge and was assigned to the Van Nuys district office where he served with distinction for 22 years until his retirement in 2010. Judge Goldman was a dedicated jurist who took his job seriously and enjoyed the decision-making process. He was recruited to teach workers' compensation law for mandated continuing legal education programs for attorneys and he was a member of the State Bar Workers' Compensation Law Section Executive Committee for three years. In 2000, Barry met the love of his life, Shirley Alexander, a court reporter at the Van Nuys WCAB office. Barry and Shirley were married at Lake Tahoe in 2003 and they maintained their residence in Chatsworth. Barry and Shirley retired from their state jobs and enjoyed their retirement with travel, restaurants, plays at the Ahmanson Theater, Dodger games, and Hollywood Bowl summer programs. Judge Goldman will be missed. He was an honest and honorable man, a dedicated and loving husband, fishing buddy to some and best friend to many. Barry will be remembered for his humor, his fierceness in his beliefs and his care for others, especially his family and friends. It is so comforting to finally see him at peace. Services will be held at Groman Eden Mortuary in Mission Hills at 3 pm on Tuesday, February 6, 2018.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Feb. 6 to Feb. 11, 2018
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