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Goldie Michelson
Goldie Michelson
Goldie Michelson (right) at the age of 111.
Birth: 8 August 1902
Russian Empire (now Ukraine)
Death: 8 July 2016
Massachusetts, USA
Age: 113 years, 335 days
Country: UKR FlagUKRUSA FlagUSA
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Goldie B. Michelson (née Corash) (8 August 1902 – 8 July 2016) was a verified Russian-American supercentenarian, who was the oldest living American resident from the death of Susannah Mushatt Jones on 12 May 2016 until her own death eight weeks later. She was also the oldest living Jewish person in the world.[1]

Life

Michelson was born on 8 August 1902 in Elizabethgrad, Russian Empire (now Kirovohrad, Ukraine). Her father Max Corash was a medical student in Russia. She moved to the United States at the age of 2. They lived in Worcester where her father started a dry goods business.

She still has a sharp memory, having memories from when she was in first or second grade. She went to the classical high-school and later went to college at Women's College of Brown University in 1924 and was a sociology major.

Soon after graduating, she met David Michelson, and the couple had a daughter, Renee, born in 1931 and lived with Goldie's parents but then moved to Carlisle Street. David worked as a building contractor.

She completed her master's degree in sociology at Clark University in 1936. She, along with her husband, ran a theater in her cellar room. They frequently travelled. David died in 1974.[2]

Goldie Michelson was validated by the Gerontology Research Group on 25 July 2015. Following the death of Susannah Mushatt Jones, Goldie Michelson was recognised as the oldest living person in the United States.[3] However, she was not the oldest living American citizen. Marie-Josephine Gaudette, born in 1902, lived in Italy but retained American citizenship (even voting for Obama in 2008).

Michelson died on 8 July 2016 at the age of 113 years, 335 days.

Records

Goldie Michelson currently holds the following major longevity records:

  • The oldest validated person born in present-day Ukraine.
  • The second oldest validated person born in the historical Russian Empire.
  • Previously the oldest validated living American resident [3]
  • Previously the oldest validated living Jewish person

References


United States' Oldest Living Person Titleholders (VE)

Clarida RoyMary BittlebrunSophia DeMuthFannie ThomasNellie Spencer • Emma Wilson • Mathew Beard • Augusta Holtz • Mary McKinney • Florence Knapp • Lucy Hannah • Margaret SkeeteWilhelmina Kott • Sarah Knauss • Myrtle Dorsey • Maud Farris-LuseGrace Clawson • Adelina Domingues • Mae Harrington • Mary Christian • Elena Slough • Charlotte Benkner • Emma Verona Johnston • Elizabeth Bolden • Emma TillmanCorinne Dixon Taylor • Edna Parker • Gertrude Baines • Mary Josephine Ray • Neva Morris • Eunice Sanborn • Besse Cooper • Dina Manfredini • Gertrude Weaver • Jeralean Talley • Susannah Mushatt Jones • Goldie Michelson • Adele DunlapDelphine Gibson

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