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Worcester’s Goldie Michelson is the oldest person in America


WORCESTER – Goldie Michelson says walking is the secret to a long life. And she should know — at 113, Michelson, a resident of Worcester, is now the oldest person in the United States.

Susannah Mushatt-Jones of New York had been the oldest living person in the U.S. until her passing on May 13. Now Michelson, known to everyone as just “Goldie” has that honor.

Born in Russia in 1902, Goldie Corash came to America with her family and settled in Worcester when she was two years old. Her father, Max, owned a dry goods store in the Water Street area.

Michelson attended Pembroke College, a women’s college which later merged with Brown University.

After marrying her husband, David, and having their daughter, Renee, she decided to go back to school. She received her master’s degree in sociology from Clark University in 1936. Her thesis was “A Citizenship Survey of Worcester Jewry.”

A lover of the theater, she once ran a little drama school in her basement for children in her neighborhood. In her will she has bequeathed funding for future renovations to the theater at Clark University, now known as the Michelson Theater.

Over the years she was also active in local organizations like Hadassah and the National Council of Jewish Women.

And of course she walked.

“I was a great walker—four or five miles every morning, weather permitting,” she told Clark University Magazine in 2012. “I never used a car if I could walk. One of the great joys of life was when I sold my car.”

CAP: Goldie Michelson, in front of the Michelson Theater at Clark University in Worcester Photo courtesy of Clark University.

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