Oldest American, Goldie Michelson, Dies at 113

Michelson was born in Elizabethgrad, Russia, in 1902 to Jewish parents and moved to the U.S. as a child.

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The oldest American person has died at her Massachusetts home at age 113. Goldie Michelson was a month short of her 114th birthday.

Los Angeles-based Gerontology Research Group senior consultant Robert Young says Michelson died Friday. He says she'd been "very frail and confined to bed" and hadn't been seen in public for a long time.

Michelson was born in Elizabethgrad, Russia, in 1902. Her father, a Jewish doctor, moved to the U.S. to avoid conscription to the Russian army and sent for his wife and children after settling in. The family lived in Worcester, 50 miles west of Boston.

The Callahan Fay & Caswell Funeral Home says Michelson graduated from Brown University. It says she had a lifelong interest in theater and even installed stage lights in her basement so children could perform there.

Young says the new oldest American is New Jersey resident Adele Dunlap, who's also 113.