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January 31, 2013

Arnold G. Gofstein, PhD, 83

formerly of Haverhill — Arnold Gordon Gofstein, PhD., 83, of Lexington, and formerly of Haverhill died Tuesday morning, January 29, at Lahey Clinic, Burlington.

He was born in Haverhill, March 3, 1929, son of the late Max H. and Rose M. (Weiner) Gofstein.

Educated in the Haverhill school system, Dr. Gofstein graduated from Haverhill High School, class of 1947. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Harvard University in 1951, his Master’s from Boston University in 1953 and his Doctorate in Psychology from BU in 1956. He was employed as a Psychologist at the Bedford VA from 1960 to 1964, as the Chief Child Psychologist at the Eastern Middlesex Guidance Center from 1964 to 1968, and from 1968 to 1986 was the Chief Clinical Psychologist for Tri-City Mental Health Center. Dr. Gofstein was the Chief Psychologist at Walpole State Prison, Cedar Junction, and was a consultant for the Ipswich and Masconomet Regional school systems. He was a member of the Massachusetts Psychological Association, American Psychological Association, Massachusetts Society of Clinical Psychologists, and a former member of Temple Isaiah, Lexington.

His survivors include his wife of 52 years, Norma S. (Tocman) Gofstein of Lexington, a son, Mark H. Gofstein and his wife Rona E. of Lowell, a daughter, Karen B. Stotsky and her husband Warren of Newton, five grandchildren, Max and Ethan Gofstein, Jared, Evan and Rebecca Stotsky and several nieces and nephews.

Dr. Gofstein was also the brother of the late Ralph, Edward and Bernard Gofstein.

ARRANGEMENTS: Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend his Funeral Service on Friday, February 1st, at 11 a.m. at the H.L. Farmer & Sons Funeral Home, 106 Summer St., Haverhill. Burial will be in Children of Israel Cemetery, Haverhill. Condolences to his family may be made at


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