Former Penn Maid Food Owner Raymond Goldberg Dies at 89
Raymond Goldberg, who took over the reins at dairy company Penn Maid Foods and expanded the operation before selling it in 1996, died Aug. 21. He was 89.
“My dad was really a down-to-earth guy,” daughter Robin Robbins said. “He was a real ray of light. Everyone who ever met him … felt like they basked in his warmth.”
After graduating from Temple University and serving in the Army as a corporal, Goldberg joined the business founded by his father Harry in 1927.
In that decade, Raymond Goldberg and his brother, Jack, bought out two of their father’s brothers and the company grew, eventually building a factory in Northeast Philadelphia and becoming a top regional brand.
After a split between the brothers, Raymond Goldberg bought the company outright in 1980, remaining the sole owner until selling the company in 1996 to Crowley Foods.
During that time, Raymond Goldberg faced 20% interest payments, so the company teamed up with Acme Supermarkets. He was able to repay his loans within a few years.
“We were their meat warehouse,” said Robbins, who worked in marketing for Penn Maid. “This happened at night, while there was the dairy business during the day.”
In his retirement years, Raymond Goldberg split time between Florida and the Philadelphia area, but remained active in the community.
He and his wife, Ellen, were donors to Temple University; the Jewish Federations of Greater Philadelphia and South Palm Beach County; Abramson Cancer Center and Center for Jewish Life; Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia; and the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation. They donated the Tennis Center to the Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy.
Raymond Goldberg is survived by his wife, Ellen; children Rick (Marilyn) Goldberg, Amy Goldberg and Robin (Fred) Robbins; sisters Phyllis Weinstock and Joyce Dunoff; grandchildren Michael (Erica) Goldberg, Stephanie (Hunter) Berman, Benjamin Batoff and Caroline Batoff; and great-grandchild Morgan Goldberg.
Einstein Awarded Magnet Recognition
Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia, Einstein Medical Center Elkins Park, MossRehab, Willowcrest and Einstein Center One recently were awarded Magnet recognition, the health care organization announced.
The American Nurses Credentialing Center oversees the program, with Magnet recognition used to measure the quality of care patients receive. Only about 8% of hospitals nationwide attain Magnet status.
“Nurses have a tremendous impact on patients, families and the community, and I want to congratulate our team for earning Magnet recognition which acknowledges the outstanding care they deliver each and every day,” said Ruth Lefton, the health care organization’s president and chief operating officer. “I am extremely proud of our nurses
Lower Gwynedd Student Among Young Heroes Awards Finalists
Izzy Jollinger, 17, of Lower Gwynedd was honored Aug. 15 as one of 13 finalists in the National Liberty Museum 19th annual TD Bank Young Heroes Awards.
The award recognizes those who are 18 or younger “who identified an area where liberty was lacking and took action to make positive change in their local schools or communities.”
Jollinger, who is learning disabled, attends the AIM Academy and has served as chapter leader for the school’s Eye to Eye program for three years. There she mentors learning-disabled middle school children from a Philadelphia public school through art projects and a social/emotional curriculum.