Robert Good passes away at 76

  • August 13, 2008

Robert H. Good, a Cal State East Bay faculty member for 42 years and a two-time Physics Department chair, died Aug. 7 due to complications from prostate cancer. He would have turned 77 on Aug. 26.

His colleagues, friends and former students can remember him by sending a donation in his name to the American Cancer Society.

Good, who served as department chair between 1976 and 1986 and from 2000 to 2006, continued teaching part-time through the Faculty Early Retirement Program (FERP) starting in 2006. He joined the Cal State East Bay faculty in 1966.

"He was well-liked by both faculty and students," said Jason Singley, Physics Department chair. "He was extremely generous with his time and always willing to help students."

In addition to teaching at CSUEB, Good served as a member of the Albany City Council from 1992 to 2000 and from 2002 to 2006. He also served twice as Albany's mayor in 1997 and 2005.

Good graduated with distinction from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor in 1953. He earned his doctorate in experimental high-energy physics from the University of California, Berkeley in 1961.

Prior to joining the CSUEB faculty, Good was employed as assistant research physicist at the University of California, San Diego from 1962 to 1966.

Good is survived by his wife Anne; sons Howard, Joe and Sam; and grandsons, Brendan, Ryan, Ian and Andrew. At his request, there will be no funeral services. The family is planning a private memorial at a later date.

Messages of condolence may be sent to his family c/o the Physics Department Office in North Science 231.

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