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Harold M. Gouldman



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Date published: 5/29/2008

Harold M. Gouldman

Harold Moore Gouldman Jr., 91, died at Magnolia Manor in the Orchard at Warsaw on Tuesday, May 27, 2008.

He was born at Potomac Beach July 29, 1916, the only child of Harold Moore Gouldman and Ruth Ashton Gouldman.

The family moved to Dahlgren in 1919, and he attended school on station. His last two years of high school were spent living with relatives in Arlington County so that he could attend Washington and Lee High School, where he graduated in 1933 as valedictorian. He was a graduate of the College of William and Mary, class of 1937, and graduated from the Marshall-Wythe School of Law in 1940. One of his most cherished accomplishments was his participation in successfully lobbying the Board of Visitors against the proposed closing of the School of Law in 1939. He was admitted to the Virginia State Bar in 1939, a year before completing his law degree.

After employment with Travelers Insurance Co. in Richmond and Norfolk for a short time, he entered active duty with the U.S. Navy in 1942. He was a PT Boat instructor at Melville, R.I., and was later assigned to the Philippines. He completed his active duty by serving as Navy personnel officer at Dahlgren until 1947, and remained in the Navy Reserve until 1951, when he retired as lieutenant commander.

In March 1947, he was appointed trial justice in King George County, where he served until 1949, when he accepted the position of legal advisor at the Naval Weapons Laboratory. He retired from that position in December 1976.

Mr. Gouldman was a member of St. James Episcopal Church in Montross, where he had served as vestryman, treasurer, chairman of the Cemetery Committee and delegate to the Regional Council and to the Council of the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia.

He had been active in many historic groups, including the Westmoreland County Museum, the Northern Neck Historical Society and the Virginia Historical Society, as well as extensive research into family history.

He was married to the former Jane Blake Walker of Montross for 56 years, who is now deceased.

He is survived by a son, Harold Moore Gouldman III of Culpeper; a daughter, Jane Tyler G. Coates of Montross; and five grandsons, Austen Moore Gouldman of Virginia Beach, John Tyler Coates of Chicago, Keith Ashton Gouldman of Charlottesville, David Alexander Coates of Montross and Walker Lee Gouldman of Culpeper County.

A funeral will be held Saturday, May 31, at 11 a.m. at St. James Episcopal Church in Montross, with interment to follow in the church cemetery.

The family will receive friends at Welch Funeral Home, Montross, Friday, May 30, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to the St. James Cemetery Fund, c/o treasurer, Box 18, Mount Holly, Va. 22524.