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Edward A. Goldstein, 77, a former Buffalo industrialist and World War II veteran, died Sunday (Aug. 29, 1999) in his Los Angeles home after a one-year illness.

Born in Rochester, he grew up in Buffalo. He was a graduate of Lafayette High School.

Goldstein formerly owned Buffalo Batt and Felt Corp., a Depew industry that manufactures synthetic fibers used for cushioning in furniture and mattresses.

He had joined the business in 1946 and became owner in 1955.

In 1970, he sold the business and moved to Los Angeles to become president of MSL Industries, a manufacturing conglomerate. He retired in the mid-1970s.

A World War II veteran, Goldstein served in the Army in the Middle East from 1942 through 1945.

Because of his lifelong passion for history, Goldstein enrolled at the University of California at Los Angeles after his retirement and earned a degree in history, 40 years after receiving his high school diploma.

During his years in Buffalo, Goldstein was active in numerous civic organizations. He was a patron of the arts in Los Angeles.

He is survived by his wife of 41 years, the former Susanne Hecht; two sons, David H. of Boulder, Colo., and Thomas H. of Santa Monica, Calif.; and two sisters, Shirley Bloom of Buffalo and Joan Wagner of Winnetka, Ill.

A memorial service was held Thursday in Wilshire Boulevard Temple, Los Angeles.


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