Hymen Goldman, 92, founder of the Macke Corp. and a major figure for years in Washington's business world and in Jewish community affairs, died of congestive heart failure Saturday at his home here.
Arriving 73 years ago with only a few cents to his name, and without the ability to speak English, Mr. Goldman went on to found the diversified vending company, one of the city's largest local businesses, and also to head a wholesale tobacco corporation and to lead many of the area's principal Jewish organizations.
Mr. Goldman was the founder of the Jewish Community Council of Greater Washington, and served as its president during the 1940s. He was president of the Hebrew Home for the Aged of Greater Washington from the late 1940s to mid 1950s, and was its honorary president at the time of his death.
He was a president of the United Jewish Appeal of Greater Washington in the mid-1960s, and was honorary president of that organization at the time of his death. He was an honorary board member of both the Jewish Social Service Agency and the Jewish Community Center.
He was honorary president of the Louis D. Brandeis Zionist District and honorary vice president of the Zionist Organizaton of America. He was vice president of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.
Mr. Goldman was a native of Russia and moved to Canada in 1904. He came to Washington "in 1907 unable to speak a word of English and with only 20 cents" in his pocket, as he told a gathering in 1963 that honored him on his 75th birthday.
In the early 1920s, he became a founding partner of the Standard Cigar & Tobacco Company, a Washington wholesale tobacco corporation. He was elected the company's president in 1960 and chairman of the board in 1970. He retired shortly thereafter.
Although retired in recent years, he was a director emeritus of the Macke Corporation. He had served on the board of directors of the National Capital Bank.
Mr. Goldman received a number of awards. In 1949 he received a plaque from the Jewish Community Council of Washington for his "distinguished leadership and unswerving loyalty." In 1960, he received a citation from the Jewish National Fund, and in 1964 was given the annual Ourisman Ward for outstanding community service.
In 1968, Georgetown University's theology department estabished a lectureship in Jewish studies, named in honor of Mr. Goldman. The University's president, the Rev. Gerard J. Campbell, S.J., said he hoped the lectureship helped persons of all faiths to more fully appreciate the "richness of Judaism's traditions, an essential part of our modern heritage."
In 1974 Mr. Goldman's autobiography, "I Could Write A Book," was published. It was written, according to its opening words, "for the benefit of my children and a few close friends."
He was a life board member of the Adas Israel Congregation.
Goldman's first wife, Sadie, died in 1949. His survivors include his wife Yetta D., of Washington; three sons by his first marriage, Aaron and Nathan, both of Washington, and Balfour D., of Hallandale, Fla.; two sisters, Gertie Segal of Washington, and Anne Epstein of Hollywood, Calif.; a half-brother, Myer C. Handleman of Washington; six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.