Jerome Goldstein, 83, of Elkins Park, a longtime dermatologist in Northeast Philadelphia, died Thursday, Dec. 8, of complications from heart disease at his home in West Palm Beach, Fla.

Dr. Goldstein was born in Darby Borough as the fourth of five children. He graduated from West Philadelphia High School in 1947.

He earned a bachelor's degree from Villanova University in 1951 and a medical degree from Chicago Medical School in 1955. He was a captain in the Army, stationed at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, in 1956 and 1957.

When he returned to this area, he settled in Elkins Park and became a staff physician at St. Luke's Hospital, now Girard Medical Center. He also worked at Hahnemann University Hospital, and maintained a practice on Bustleton Avenue for more than 30 years.

"Patients would bring him cookies, and he would thank them," said his son. David. "He really was a nice guy."

For many years, he was the dermatologist for Mayor Frank L. Rizzo, his son said. "One time, he took myself and a classmate to City Hall, and we got to meet Frank and sit in his office. It was pretty cool for a 10- or 11-year-old," his son said.

After retiring in the late 1990s, Dr. Goldstein maintained homes in Ventnor, N.J., and West Palm Beach. He enjoyed bridge, crossword puzzles, reading, traveling, and attending theater and orchestra performances.

Surviving, in addition to his son, are his wife, Sheila; two grandsons; a stepdaughter; two sisters; and nieces and nephews. He was divorced from Shirley Kashoff 40 years ago. A sister and brother died earlier.

A memorial service was Sunday, Dec. 11, at Goldstein's Rosenberg's Raphael-Sacks Inc. in Southampton. Burial was in Roosevelt Memorial Cemetery, Trevose.

Memorial donations may be made to Avodah, Box 3120, Margate, N.J., 08402. The group helps needy students afford college.