GOODSPEED IN MEMORIAM ROBERT ALVIN GOODSPEED FEBRUARY 6, 1934 - OCTOBER 7, 2012 On the anniversary of his passing, the children and extended family of Robert A. Goodspeed wish to express their love for him and their thankfulness for all he did for them and for his country. We hope that this brief record of his life provides others with an appreciation for why he meant so much to us. Robert "Bob" Goodspeed was born in Fargo, North Dakota to Alvin Ambrosius Goodspeed and Hildur (Peterson) Goodspeed. His childhood was spent in Shakopee, Minnesota where he graduated from Shakopee High School as Valedictorian of the class of 1952. He attended Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN, and in 1955 enlisted as a Naval Aviation Cadet, completing his pre-flight training at NAS Pensacola, FL. Upon receiving his Naval Aviator wings, he was assigned to Attack Sqaudron 106 known as the "Gladiators" at NAS Cecil Field near Jacksonville, FL, flying F9F-8 Cougars and later A4D-2 Skyhawks. He flew from four aircraft carriers, including the USS Intrepid, as well as from NAS Cecil Field as a Special Weapons Delivery Pilot. Following his honorable discharge from the Navy, Mr. Goodspeed continued to serve in the US Naval Reserve through 1967. He completed his BA in Geology from the University of Minnesota in 1962, and accepted an analyst's position with the Central Intelligence Agency in Washington, DC. He was employed as an officer for 26 years, becoming an Imagery Analyst/ Research Specialist Supervisor, until his retirement in 1989. He served as an assistant Scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troop 727 in District Heights, and volunteered at Longfields Elementary in Forestville, Maryland. In 1998 he was recognized by the Prince Georges County Public Schools for his outstanding commitment to students. Mr. Goodspeed's interests included painting, golfing, fishing, visiting Civil War sites, attending the Armed Forces Air Shows at Andrews Air Force Base, and most importantly spending time with his family. He is remembered as a caring, friendly, generous man, and a devoted father and grandfather. Mr. Goodspeed is survived by his brother Richard Goodspeed, sisters Margaret Born and Jean Tessmer (Richard), his three children, Timothy Goodspeed (Eileen), Kathryn Italiano (Mark), and Scott Goodspeed, and his seven grandchildren, Justine Italiano Genova (Eric), and Jordan, Patrick, David, John, William, and Amanda Goodspeed. He is also survived by his former wife of 44 years, Madonna Kurvers Goodspeed. Mr. Goodspeed's family gathered in his home state of Minnesota in June 2013 to remember and celebrate his life. His cremains were received by The United States Navy, and he was honored with an official Burial at Sea Ceremony aboard the USS Phillipine Sea on June 4, 2013. Mr. Goodspeed's family would like to thank the staff at Sunrise Assisted Living in Columbia, and the team from Gilchrist Hospice who provided compassionate care in his final days.
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Published in The Washington Post on Oct. 7, 2013