Dr. James O. (Jim) Goldman, 91, of Marks died of natural causes at the Quitman County Hospital on Wednesday, August 17, 2011.

Dr. Goldman was born on December 19, 1919, in Meridian, MS.  He was the oldest of four siblings and attended the Meridian Community College, the University of Mississippi, and the University of Tennessee Dental School.  He practiced dentistry in Marks at the same location for fifty-three years until his retirement in 1999.

He was preceded in death by his wife of sixty-three years, Ellen Eason Goldman, who practiced law in Marks.  He is survived by his son, Dr. James O. Goldman, Jr. who is a retired physician living in Marks.

He was a proud lifetime member of the University of Mississippi Alumni Association and the M Club.  While he was at Ole Miss he was a member of the boxing team and the University Glee Club.

Dr. Goldman was a member of the American Dental Association and the Mississippi Dental Association.  He was a past Chairman of the Mississippi Medicaid Advisory Committee and the dental consultant to the Mississippi Medicaid Commission for fourteen years.

He was a past president of the Marks Rotary Club and a longtime member of the American Herb Society.  He was also known for being an avid gardener and a lover of the arts.  He was an active member of the Brooks Museum of Art in Memphis and served on the Board of Directors for a number of years.  He was also a Mason and a Shriner.

His main passion in life was photography and he became a national award winning photographer.  In his last year of life he published his first book of photographs titled Goldman’s Gold with co-author Macklyn Hubbell of Cleveland.  The book was a collection of photographs he took of the activities and incidents in Marks during the preparations for the beginning of the Resurrection City Mule Train in the spring of 1968.  He was commissioned to take a series of portraits of the elderly jazz musicians who played at Preservation Hall in New Orleans in the 1960’s.  That collection was exhibited at the Smithsonian Institute and is now in the permanent collection of the New Orleans Jazz Museum.  He left behind an archive of thousands of photographs documenting his travels and life in Quitman County during his sixty years here.

He was a member of the Marks Methodist Church for many years where he served as Chairman of the Administrative Board, a member of the choir and a lay speaker.

Interment at the Marks Cemetery was private and there are no planned services at his request.  Memorial bequests can be made to the Ellen Eason Goldman Scholarship Endowment, University of Mississippi Foundation, P. O. Box 249, University of Mississippi, Oxford, Mississippi 38637.

Quitman County Democrat, September 1, 2011

Photo By Gaius Cornelius (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 or GFDL], via Wikimedia Commons

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