Joel C Goldstein

February 29, 1948February 18, 2019

Joel C. Goldstein died on February 18 while vacationing with friends in the Caribbean. He was born on leap day, 1948, to Esther and Harold Goldstein; the youngest of 3 boys. He grew up in Arlington, Virginia where he attended Yorktown High School. It was there that he met Barbara Parkin. They both headed from Arlington to attend the University of Wisconsin. Barbara and Joel were married in 1972, after which he started dental school at the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond. After graduating from dental school, Joel pursued a career in the Navy, which took the family to Norfolk, Virginia. He returned to Northern Virginia in 1977 where Joel practiced dentistry with colleagues before establishing his own practice in the late 1990’s. He is survived by brothers Arthur and Bruce; daughters Rachel and Dara; and four grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at the National Funeral Home on March 12, 2019 at 11 am followed by lunch at Dara’s home. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Human Rights Campaign.


  • Funeral Service Tuesday, March 12, 2019
  • Graveside Service Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Joel C Goldstein

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Cathy Baskin

March 21, 2019

We began seeing Joel when he was practicing at Group Health. My oldest son was 3 years old, and he is now 31. So we have been seeing Joel for 28 years! I was heartbroken to hear of Joel's death. He worked so hard for so long. My condolences to his family. He always spoke so lovingly of his time with his children and grandchildren. He really created a feeling of a big extended family in his office and his practice. He had a gentle soul.
Respectfully, Cathy and John Baskin and family: sons Jesse, Jake, and Will.

Don and Juanita Zientara

March 18, 2019

We are saddened to learn of Dr. Goldtein's passing. He was our dear dentist for more than forty years! He cared for us and our children so well, with good humor and great skill. On a few occasions, he drove in on his day off when there was a dental emergency. Just wonderful. We know he loved the ocean as he had paintings photos of life at the beach hung everywhere. Being with his friends near the water brought him great joy. He also spoke so lovingly of his grandchildren and delighted in hearing news of our family and my husband Don's beach escapades. God bless Dr. Goldstein's family. He was a wonderful man.

Mary Ann and Nick Penning

March 13, 2019

How terribly saddened we were today, when we learned that our beloved dentist and friend had suddenly passed away. We both are stunned, but surely no more so than your stricken family. Please accept our belated condolences on the loss of your beautiful father, grandfather, uncle and brother. Once can scarcely describe the impact of his one, golden life, and the joy and respect that enveloped him. Thank you, Goldstein family, for sharing this remarkable man with his professional family. We are all in mourning.

Gregory Hess

March 12, 2019

Sending my heartfelt condolences to Joel's family. I only met Joel a couple of days before his passing. But during the brief time I got to know him, he spoke lovingly of his daughters and grandchildren, and his plans for entertaining them in his new home. Joel had an easygoing personality and was quick to laugh. The photo is of Joel while we were having lunch in St. Martin on February 16, 2019. Shortly before his passing, he shared with me how relaxed he felt, having fun and enjoying himself. I know he will be dearly missed.

Margaret Ann Chipman (Foran)

March 12, 2019

I grew up across the street from Joel and remember many summer nights playing games on the street in front of our houses. We always used to tease him about his age since he only had a birthday every four years. We have both long since left the old neighborhood, but he was a fine man and I know that he will be missed by family and friends. I am so sorry for your loss.

Ynette Shelkin

March 9, 2019

Dr. Goldstein was my dentist for many years after moving here from Philadelphia back in 1991. I suppose I could go through my old records to find out exactly when I first visited him, but that is not what's important. What is important to me is that I have lost not only a talented dentist but someone I am comfortable calling a friend. I especially enjoyed hearing about his travels and life at the beach. We shared a love of the ocean and all things coastal. I, too, enjoyed seeing his mother's paintings on the walls of his office. My favorite was of the young family gathering shells along the water's edge. I could always count on him seeing me quickly whenever I had an emergency, and there were many over the years. As much as I dislike dentists, I was never afraid to sit in his chair.

To have lost him so soon after leaving his practice makes me especially sad. I take some comfort in knowing that he was somewhere beautiful and was enjoying himself at the end of his life. My deepest sympathies to his family.

Ynette Shelkin

Meg McLane

March 9, 2019

I have lived across the street from Joel for many years. He has been my dentist and my friend. I loved to run into him when we were out walking because I knew that I was in for a few minutes of engaging conversation. I came away from those neighborhood encounters touched by his insight, compassion , and contagious sense of humor. I will miss him very much and I am sad that I will no longer see him and walk along with him for those few minutes of warmth and understanding that were so much fun.

Susan Akroyd

March 9, 2019

Dr. Goldstein was one of the kindest persons I have ever met. Although he was my dentist for many years, he was like a dear friend as he and I would share about our travels and friends while he drilled away on my teeth! A most wonderful memory will be the marvelous paintings done by his mother which were displayed in his office. My favorite was the one of many umbrellas. I could see the pride in his eyes when I talked about those paintings. He was so proud of his family. I will miss him greatly. Rest In Peace, Dr. Goldstein. You are so greatly loved.