[photograph of Comptroller Goldstein] LOUIS L. GOLDSTEIN (1913-1998)
Comptroller of the Treasury (Democrat), 1959-98

Comptroller Goldstein died in Prince Frederick, Calvert County, Maryland, on July 3, 1998.

Member, House of Delegates, 1939-42. Member, Chesapeake Bay and Tributaries Committee, 1939; Aviation Committee, 1939, 1941; Judiciary Committee, 1939, 1941; Committee on Organization, 1941.

Member, State Senate, representing Calvert County, 1947-58. Majority Leader, 1951-55. Senate President, 1955-58. Chair, Chesapeake Bay and Tributaries Committee, 1947-50 (member, 1951-54). Vice-Chair, Elections Committee, 1947-50. Chair, Executive Nominations Committee, 1949. Chair, Entertainment Committee, 1949. Chair, Finance Committee, 1951-54 (member, 1949-54). Vice-Chair, Public Buildings Committee, 1953-54. Chair, Rules Committee, 1955-58 (member, 1954-58). Chair, Legislative Council, 1955-58 (member, 1947-58). Member, Judicial Proceedings Committee, 1947; Aviation Committee, 1947-50; Insurance and Loans Committee, 1947-50; Militia Committee, 1947-50; Natural Resources Committee, 1947-50; Roads and Highways Committee, 1947-50.

Member, Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, 1948-58.

Comptroller of the Treasury, 1959-98. Member, Governor's Advisory Council, 1959-68. Member, Board of Trustees, Employees' Retirement System, 1959-82 (chair, 1971-82); Board of Trustees, Teachers' Retirement System, 1959-82; Board of Trustees, State Police Retirement System, 1959-82. Member, Board of Public Works, 1959-98; Board of Revenue Estimates, 1959-98; Board of State Canvassers, 1959-98; Banking Board, 1959-98; Hall of Records Commission, 1959-98.

Chair, Commission to Study Maryland's Forest Resources, 1961. Chair, Committee to Study the State Debt, 1961-79. Secretary, Sundry Claims Board, 1961-81. Chair, Commission to Study and Review the Disposal Areas for Material Dredged from the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal, 1965. Member, Maryland Industrial Development Financing Authority, 1965-98; Greater Baltimore Consolidated Food Market Authority, 1967-75. Consultant, Ocean City Convention Hall Commission, 1967-80. Member, Maryland State Employees Surety Bond Committee, 1967-98.

Member, Maryland Food Center Authority (formerly Maryland Wholesale Food Center Authority), 1975-98; Task Force on the Board of Public Works, 1976; University of Maryland Hospital Oversight Committee, 1976; Capital Debt Affordability Committee, 1978-98.

Member, Commission on State Debt, 1980-87; State Use Industries Advisory Committee, 1981-98; Maryland Heritage Committee, 1982-85; Maryland Higher Education Supplemental Loan Authority, 1982-93. Chair, Board of Trustees for State Retirement and Pension Systems, 1982-98 (member, investment committee, 1988-91). Chair, Board of Trustees, Energy Overcharge Restitution Trust Fund, 1984-89. Member, Task Force on Infrastructure Financing, 1985-86; State Employees Health Insurance Advisory Council, 1985-97; Task Force on Chesapeake Bay Ferries, 1987-88. Chair, Maryland 1992 Commission, 1989-94.

Member, Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Foundation, 1990-98; State Information Technology Board, 1993-98. Presidential Elector, Maryland, 1996. Member, Maryland Higher Education Investment Program Board, 1997-98.

Born in Prince Frederick, Maryland, March 14, 1913. Attended public schools in Baltimore City and Calvert County. Washington College, B.S., 1935; University of Maryland School of Law, J.D., 1938. Attorney. Served in U.S. Marine Corps, 1942-46. Delegate or alternate to 14 Democratic Party National Conventions. Member, Platform and Resolutions Committee, Democratic Party National Convention, 1964, 1968, 1972, 1976, 1984, 1988, 1992. President, National Association of State Auditors, Comptrollers, and Treasurers, 1969. Published weekly newspaper, Calvert Journal-Gazette, at Prince Frederick, Maryland. President, Maryland-Delaware-District of Columbia Press Association, 1974-75. Chair, Board of Visitors and Governors of Washington College, 1980-98. Recipient of Financial Reporting Achievement Award, Municipal Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada, 1981-1998. Married the former Hazel E. Horton, who died April 20, 1996; three children: Philip, Louisa, and Margaret Senate.


Louis L. Goldstein served as Comptroller of the Treasury from 1959 to 1998. Born in Prince Frederick, Maryland, on March 14, 1913, he was educated in Baltimore City and Calvert County public schools, at Washington College, Chestertown, Maryland (B.S., 1935), and the University of Maryland School of Law (J.D., 1938). From 1939 to 1942, he was an elected delegate from Calvert County to the Maryland General Assembly. He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps as a private in 1942 and was discharged in 1946 as a first lieutenant after service in the Asiatic and Pacific theatres. He was a captain (retired) in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve.

From 1947 through 1958, Mr. Goldstein was an elected State Senator from Calvert County. During that time he was Majority Leader (1951-1955) and President of the Senate (1955-1958). He was a member of the Legislative Council (1947-1958) and served as its Chair between 1955 and 1958. In 1958, he was elected Comptroller of the Treasury; he was reelected in 1962, 1966, 1970, 1974, 1978, 1982, 1986, 1990, and 1994. No one served in statewide elected office in Maryland longer than Mr. Goldstein.

Mr. Goldstein and his late wife, Hazel, shared a legal practice in Prince Frederick. He also operated several farms. He was active in veterans, charitable and civic organizations. He served as President of the National Association of State Auditors, Comptrollers, and Treasurers for 1969. He chaired the Board of Visitors and Governors of Washington College. He also served as a delegate or alternate to fourteen Democratic Party National Conventions and was a member of the Platform and Resolutions Committee at the 1964, 1968, 1972, 1976, 1984, 1988, and 1992 conventions.

The University of Baltimore, University of Maryland College Park, University of Maryland at Baltimore, Morgan State University, Towson State University, Loyola College, Washington College, and Western Maryland College each awarded Mr. Goldstein honorary doctorates. He received the President's Medal from Mt. St. Mary's College, the Father Andrew White Medal from Loyola College, and the Lord Baltimore Award from St. Mary's College of Maryland. He received the Financial Reporting Achievement Award from the Municipal Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada each year since 1981, the Distinguished Financial Leadership Award from the Association of Government Accountants, and the Scantlebury Award from the Joint Financial Management Improvement Program of the U.S. Government. He also received other awards for his interest in civic affairs, education, historic preservation, promotion of tourism, outstanding management, veterans' affairs, and conservation. In 1997, the National Association of State Comptrollers named a new award in his honor, the "Louis L. Goldstein Award for Excellence."

Mr. Goldstein was married for forty-eight years to the former Hazel E. Horton, who died April 20, 1996. They had three children: Philip, Louisa, and Margaret Senate. Mr. Goldstein resided at Oakland Hall, Prince Frederick, Maryland.

Archives of Maryland (Biographical Series) Louis L. Goldstein (1913-1998) MSA SC 3520-1579

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