, Salem, MA

November 15, 2012

Frances Goldfield, 91

Swampscott — Frances (Epstein) Goldfield, age 91, of Swampscott, formerly of Marblehead, died on Wednesday, following a brief illness, in Salem Hospital .

Born in Buffalo, N.Y., she graduated high school at the age of 14; at age 18, she graduated from Buffalo State College with a degree in education. She received a masters in psychology from New York University and worked in the West Chester County school system in New York as a school psychologist. While there she pioneered school testing methods.

She married in 1953 in Beverly and resided in Marblehead for over 47 years prior to moving to Swampscott three years ago. She was the first psychologist to open a private practice on the North Shore and practiced until her retirement in 1982.

When she was in her 40’s, she entered Portia Law School, now known as the New England School of Law and graduated with a J.D. sixth in her class and subsequently passed the Mass. Bar on her first attempt.

She was a Guardian AD Litem in the Mass Probate and Family Court systems where she championed for the rights of children. She was a Ombudsman for nursing home residents.

She was a member of the Mass. and Essex Bar Associations, the American Psychology Assn., Hadassah, Temple Shalom in Salem, Cong. Shirat Hayam in Swampscott, one of the first women in the Marblehead Rotary, and on the Board of Directors of the Marblehead Visiting Nurses Assn.

Beloved wife of Morris Goldfield; devoted mother of Joel and Iris of Fairfield, Conn., Cady of Salem, Jonathan and Graciela Trilla Goldfield of Haverhill; cherished grandmother of Elke, Julian, Miriam, and Miguel; loving sister of the late Judith, Ralph, Rose, Louis, and Irving.

ARRANGEMENTS: Services at the Stanetsky-Hymanson Memorial Chapel, 10 Vinnin St., Salem-Swampscott line, on Friday, November 17, at 11 a.m. Interment will follow in the Cong. Shirat Hayam Cemetery, Temple Beth El Section, Lowell St., Peabody. Memorial observance following the interment on Saturday 6-9 p.m., in the Summit Estates Club House, 1000 Paradise Road, Swampscott. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy in her memory may be donated to Temple Shalom, 287 Lafayette St., Salem, MA 01970, or Cong. Shirat Hayam, 55 Atlantic Ave., Swampscott, MA 01907 or the charity of your choice.