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Robert J. Good, Ph. D., professor of chemical engineering at UB

Aug. 13, 1920óApril 29, 2010

Updated: May 01, 2010, 6:38 am /
Published: May 01, 2010, 12:30 am

Robert J. Good of Grand Island, a retired professor of chemical and biological engineering at the University at Buffalo, died Thursday in Northgate Manor Healthcare Facility, Wheatfield. He was 89.

Born in Lincoln, Neb., he earned an bachelorís degree at Amherst (Mass.) College, masterís degree at the University of California at Berkley and doctorate degree at the University of Michigan.

He was a professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at UB from 1964 until the 1980s. He then became a professor emeritus and university scholar.

In addition to his many years as a professor and scientist at UB, Dr. Good was a visiting professor at several universities, including the University of Bristol, City University and Imperial College, all in London. He also worked as a chemist for Dow Chemical Co., Pittsburg, Calif.; American Cyanamid and Chemical Co., Azusa, Calif.; and Monsanto Chemical Co., Anniston, Ala.

Dr. Good was a consultant for several other companies and organizations, including Allied Chemical Corp, Ashland Chemical Co., British Petroleum and DuPont. He received several awards, including the Jacob R. Schoellkopf Award in 1979 and a 1976 Kendall Award from the American Chemical Society for his work in surface and colloid chemistry.

He was a member of the American Chemical Society, National Association of Corrosion Engineers and the Adhesion Society.

His wife of 45 years, the former Maud Hopkins, died in February.

Survivors include three daughters, Emma Joel, Carol Donnelly and Rosalie Hopkins.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a. m. Monday in St. Martin-in-the-Fields Episcopal Church, 2587 Baseline Road, Grand Island.