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Obituary: Doris Gould

Longtime Great Neck resident Doris Gould died unexpectedly on Jan. 5, 2011 at the age of 93. Born in Manhattan on March 14, 1917, the daughter of Ella and Edward Blankstein, she attended George Washington High School and studied fashion design at Pratt Institute and the Fashion Institute of Technology. During WWII, she worked as a night shift steamfitter in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, one of the few women volunteers at that time, helping to build the USS Missouri and the USS Franklin D. Roosevelt, among others. She pursued various opportunities in the fashion industry, including working for the French designer Pierre Balmain at his New York salon before opening up her own firm specializing in embroidery and upscale children’s clothing.

Doris lived in Great Neck since 1957 and was active in Hadassah; the Sisterhood of Temple Israel; B’nai B’rith Women, Bay Chapter, where she was editor of the Bay Views bulletin for several years; ORT and Womanspace.

She loved meeting with her Pratt sorority sisters, reading, collecting, antiques, the Great Neck Library, cooking classes, power tools, the theater, anything having to do with decor, public television, Suze Orman, landscape design, and family trips to Las Vegas and Puerto Rico.

Doris is survived by Jacques Gould, her loving husband and “one and only” of 55 years and 333 days, and her children Melissa and Roger. She was predeceased by her sister Elaine Orville of Delray Beach, FL, formerly of Great Neck. A fierce believer in positive thinking, Doris lived life on her own terms until the very end.