Janice W. Goldsten

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Janice W. GoldstenPhilanthropist

Janice W. Goldsten, 84, a socially prominent philanthropist who lived in Washington for most of her life, died April 13 at her home of complications of pneumonia. She had a second home in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Mrs. Goldsten, whose maiden name was Janice Freedman, was born in Baltimore and moved to Washington in childhood. She was a graduate of Roosevelt High School in the District.

She served on the board of directors of the Charles E. Smith Life Communities and on the advisory committee of the Hebrew Home of Greater Washington. She was a benefactor of many other charities and organizations, including the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, the National Gallery of Art, the Duke Ellington School of the Arts, the Ballou High School marching band, Feed the Children and So Others Might Eat. She also contributed to many Jewish organizations, including the Jewish Social Service Agency, the America-Israel Cultural Foundation, Jewish Women International and the Jewish Historical Society.

Mrs. Goldsten supported the Jewish Federation for Group Homes and often put on social events for the charity at her home.

Her first marriage, to Al Davis, ended in divorce.

Her second husband, George Wasserman, died in 1975.

Her third husband, Robert E. Goldsten, died in October 2007.

Survivors include a daughter from her first marriage, Carolyn Kaplan of Potomac; a daughter from her second marriage, Lisa Gill of Potomac; and four grandchildren.

-- Matt Schudel

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