Ex-Flint man tried to save woman, 23
FLINT (AP) - Alan Goldstein was acting out "the courage of his convictions" when the former Flint resident was killed attempting to rescue a friend from kidnappers in Montana, a relative said.
Goldstein, 36, of Big Sky, Mont, was shot to death Monday while trying to aid Kari A. Swenson, 23, a student at Montana State University and the top-ranked woman on the U.S. Olympic biathlon team.
Two men, who vowed not to be taken alive, abducted Swenson "to get a bride" in the Spanish Peaks mountain area, authorities said. Teams have searched the area without success for assailants Don Nichols, 53, and his 19-year-old son, Dan.
"IT COULDNT have been a bigger shock," said David Goldstein, 32, of Flint, one of Alan's two brothers. "It happened out of the clear blue sky."
Goldstein spent most of his life in Flint before moving to Montana more than two years ago. He fell in love with the country and made the mountainous region his permanant home, David Goldstein said.
"To coin the phrase of his lawyer, Alan always marched to his own drum beat," he said. "He always loved the outdoors, working with hands, helping people, and working with nature. He preferred the rural environment to the urban setting. He had a bit of the old west in him."
Goldstein's funeral was held Thursday before a large gathering at Cloverhill Cemetery in Royal Oak. In his will, Goldstein requested that his funeral be held in an open space under a large oak tree, somewhere in nature, David Goldstein said.
GOLDSTEIN IS survived by his wife, Diane, of Montana; a daughter, Jami, of Ohio, parents Robert and Janice of Flint; and two brothers, David, and Douglas, of Washington, D.C.
Lansing State Journal, July 20, 1984
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