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Mount Sinai Obituaries and Services » Norman B. Goldberg

Norman B. Goldberg

June 21, 1931 - March 16, 2019

Service Information Mount Sinai Hollywood Hills - Mount Sinai Chapel

Service Date: Sunday March 24th, 2019

Service Time: 2:00 pm

Mount Sinai Hollywood Hills - Mount Sinai Chapel

5950 Forest Lawn Drive

Los Angeles, California 90068

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Norman Benjamin Goldberg

June 21, 1931 – March 16, 2019

Norman B. Goldberg, loving partner, brother, uncle and friend, accomplished attorney and entrepreneur, fierce civil rights advocate and generous philanthropist, died peacefully in the company of loved ones in Los Angeles, California on March 16, 2019 at the age of 87 after a long illness.

Born in 1931 to Benjamin and Mary Elizabeth (née Rockowitz) Goldberg in the Smoky Hollow neighborhood of Youngstown, Ohio, Norman was the third of four sons.  He, along with his brothers Irving, Meyer and Joseph, learned at their parents’ feet to work hard, first helping their father sell produce from his truck and later working in the family grocery store. Norman’s intelligence was apparent, and his family referred to him as “Nachum the Choham”, Norman the clever one.

After high school, Norman proudly served in the United States Army in Japan as a cryptographer during the Korean War.  He then attended Ohio State University, where he presided over the Young Democrats for a year and earned a degree in political science.  He distinguished himself further at Ohio Northern University’s law school, earning a prize in Contracts..  After graduation, he lived with his brother Joe and practiced civil and criminal law in Youngstown Ohio, founding Goldberg and Jones, one of the first racially integrated law partnership in the city, with Nathaniel R. Jones, who went on to serve as General Counsel of the NAACP and as a judge on the United States Court of Appeal for the Sixth Circuit.

In 1969, Norman moved to Los Angeles, where he co-founded Standard Planning Corporation, a national insurance marketing organization, with his brother Irving, and served as Vice President in charge of administrative and legal affairs.  After Irving’s retirement, Norman assumed leadership of the company, and worked with his brother Joe on other business ventures.

Norman had a zest for life, and was a fighter for what he thought was right. Throughout his life, he was a frequent and generous contributor to civil rights organizations, liberal Democrats and the Jewish Federation of Los Angeles.  He cared deeply about public affairs and had a mighty thirst for justice. Norman was a member of Temple Judea in Tarzana, CA.

Norman and his three brothers settled near each other in Los Angeles and were very close.  Norman was a loyal and devoted brother who could always be counted on in a crisis. Over the years he became a beloved uncle and great-uncle to his brothers’ many offspring.

Norman’s charm was appreciated by many, especially women, but he never found someone he wanted to offer lifelong commitment. Finally, in 2012, Norman met Debbie Flesch, the love of his life, and they quickly became engaged.  Debbie brought Norman children and grandchildren, and he relished being called “Grandpa” for the first time. Norman and Debbie created a home together and were inseparable until his passing.  Debbie cared for him throughout his long illness and was by his side to the end.

A memorial service will be held to celebrate Norman’s life at Mount Sinai Hollywood Hills, located at 5950 Forest Lawn Drive, at 2 p.m. A webcast of the service will be available on the Mount Sinai website. The celebration will continue from around 4:00 until 7:30 p.m. at Norman and Debbie’s home. (For more information, email niece Beth Goldberg at begoldberg@aol.com.) Donations in Norman’s memory can be made to the Jewish Federation of Los Angeles.