Morris G. Goldstein, 87, a retired pharmacist who was a past president of both the D.C. Board of Pharmacy Examiners and the D.C. Pharmacists Association, died of respiratory failure March 14 at the Washington Hospital Center. He lived in Washington.

Mr. Goldstein was a member of the Board of Examiners for 25 years, spending the last 10 as board president, before stepping down in the late 1960s. He also was on the board of the old Washington Wholesale Drug Exchange.

He had been a member of Adas Israel Congregation for the last 50 years. He was a member of the B'nai B'rith, the Zionist Organization of America and the Jewish War Veterans.

Mr. Goldstein was born in Russia and came to this country and Washington in 1910. He earned his pharmacy degree at George Washington University five years later. He served in the Army during World War I.

He and a partner, Ben Gass, purchased the first of their Service Pharmacy stores in 1919. It was located near 19th and L streets NW. They later owned and operated two other stores in Northwest Washington before closing them and retiring in 1962.

Mr. Goldstein's survivors include his wife, Rose, of Washington; three sons, Dr. Lloyd Goldstein of Chevy Chase; Earl, of Washington, and Ed, of Germantown, Md.; a sister, Kitty Smith of Washington; a brother, Sammy Lewis of Beverly Hills, Calif.; seven grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.