Longtime studio publicist David Golding, who once served as Samuel Goldwyn’s publicity chief and was a managing editor of Stars and Stripes during World War II, died Sundayof undisclosed causes at St. John’s Medical Center in Santa Monica. He was 85.

A native of Brooklyn and a graduate of the U. of Wisconsin, he first worked as a reporter for Film Daily in New York for several years before serving in the Army during World War II. He became the managing editor of the Mediterranean edition of Stars and Stripes. Following the war, he joined Goldwyn’s production office in London and was upped to publicity chief in London and New York.

He later joined 20th Century Fox as VP of promotion and publicity. Golding held similar posts with Hecht-Hill-Lancaster and Gulf & Western (the former parent company of Paramount Pictures). He also spent 10 years in Universal’s London office.

During the 1980s, Golding reunited with the Samuel Goldwyn Co., this time working for Samuel Goldwyn Jr.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara, who once served as a production aide to the late director Martin Ritt; three sons, who reside in England; four grandchildren; and a sister.

A memorial service is being planned.

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