NEW YORK — Harriet Goldman, who was president of Charles Sumner, a two-unit women’s specialty retailer in Boston until her retirement, died last Tuesday at Youville Hospital in Cambridge, Mass. She was 81.
Charles Sumner was founded in 1944 as a shoe store by Goldman’s husband, Sumner S. Goldman. In 1954, an adjoining boutique opened on Newbury Street. Later, the Goldmans opened shops in Wellesley, Peabody and Chestnut Hill, Mass. Together, the couple mananged the shops for 30 years until their retirement in 1984. Only the shops on Newbury Street and in Chestnut Hill continue.
In addition to her husband, Goldman is survived by her son, Maynard; her daughter, Suzanne; a sister, Beatrice Phillips, and a grandson, Derek A. Goldman.