PHILADELPHIA – Respected art and furniture appraiser Robert “Rob” Goldstein passed away on August 24 in Philadelphia. He was 66 years old.
Rob had worked for more than two decades in the retail antiques trade, in a family business that specialized in American classical and Victorian furniture. At the time of his passing, he had spent more than 16 years with Barry S. Slosberg Inc., Auctioneers & Appraisers, as a specialist in American paintings and furniture. However, to the Slosberg family, he was much more than a staff member.
“He was our dear friend, colleague, adviser, educator, humanitarian, counselor, editor, and adopted family member. He was like a brother to my husband Barry and me, and our grandchildren had the highest regard and love for him,” said Joann Slosberg. “We learned so much from him about life, art music, travel and, most of all, love. We miss him terribly.”
A tribute to Rob on the Slosberg company website says: “There was no one more courteous, gentle, polite and caring. He was brilliant in all subjects, fluent in many languages and had incredible intuitive skills. The pain of his loss is not just ours but the world’s, as well. He was deeply concerned about local, national, and global issues. He strived to do his part to make it a safer, cleaner, fairer and better place to live.”
A private memorial service was attended by his auction family and friends. “Everyone had a chance to speak of their memories of Rob, and word of the day was ‘kind,’” Joann Slosberg said.
Donations in Rob Goldstein’s memory may be made to the Center for American Art at the Philadelphia Art Museum, P.O. 7646, Philadelphia, PA 19101-7646.
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