Robert C. Goodier

[Age 95] The World War II Navy veteran worked as a naval research planner.

June 02, 2007

Robert C. Goodier Sr., a retired naval research planner and former longtime Ellicott City resident, died Tuesday in his sleep at Vantage House in Columbia, where he had lived since 2003.

He was 95.

Mr. Goodier was born in Jasper, Tenn., the son of farmers, and raised in a log cabin there. When he was in his 20s, he operated a stove foundry in his hometown.

Mr. Goodier and his brother enlisted in the Navy the day after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, and he was assigned as a machinist aboard the battleship USS Colorado in the Pacific.

Because he was considerably older than his shipmates, he was given the nickname "Pappy," which followed him throughout the war years, family members said.

After the end of World War II, he remained active in the Navy Reserve and was recalled to active duty at Guantanamo Bay during the 1962 Cuban missile crisis.

Mr. Goodier was a planner for 30 years in the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington. He retired in 1975.

An accomplished furniture maker and avid gardener, Mr. Goodier was known for tending his garden while dressed in a white lab coat and for the tomato and vegetable stand which he operated on the honor system at the end of the driveway of his Ellicott City home.

He also liked building grandfather clocks.

He was married for 45 years to the former Edna Ingram, a registered nurse, who died in 1990.

Active well into his 90s, Mr. Goodier celebrated his 95th birthday recently with family and friends.

Services are private.

Surviving are a son, Robert C. Goodier Jr. of Lutherville; two daughters, Grace Dailey of Falls Church, Va., and Betsy Chaisson of Columbia; and three grandchildren.

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