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Lebanon, NH - Robert W. Goodrich, son of Warren Osgood Goodrich and Martha Rosamund Wood, beloved husband, father, brother, and grandfather, died on Saturday morning, March 25, 2017, at the age of 82.

Born in Randolph, Vermont and raised in West Lebanon, New Hampshire, he spent much of his early life in the woods around his home. At a young age he discovered a life-long passion for archery, for which he received trophies, awards, and enjoyment for the next sixty-five years. After graduating as the valedictorian from West Lebanon High School in 1952, he attended the University of New Hampshire. There, he was inducted into Phi Kappa Phi, and in 1957, earned a degree in electrical engineering. He also liked to say that he minored in folk dancing.

Subsequently, he earned a Master's from Perdue in 1958. He then fulfilled his ROTC obligation in the Army, serving as a second lieutenant, teaching computer literacy to NATO officers.

Robert met Patricia Cain while folk dancing and they married in January 1959. They lived in Durham, New Hampshire, where he taught electrical engineering, and started a family. At thirty, he became the youngest certified Scottish Country Dance instructor in the country. He earned a PhD at Case Western Reserve University in 1970.

In 1972, he was hired as a planning engineer by Northeast Utilities, and moved, with his family, to Newington, Connecticut. Over the next 22 years he and Patricia and raised their five children, all of whom are outstanding.

Robert was active with the Boy Scouts, at the unit, council, and national levels. His primary aim was teaching shooting sports such as archery, rifle, and shotgun. He twice revised the Boy Scouts' Archery Merit Badge booklet to include information and requirements for compound bows. He was awarded the Silver Beaver by the Long Rivers Council for his service.

A lifelong booster of science and education, he was very proud of two accomplishments in his professional life. First, he wrote a computer program to improve the cost-effectiveness of electricity distribution throughout New England. In his position of director of research at Northeast Utilities, he won support for a research project that completely changed the medical understanding of electrical injuries.

After he retired from Northeast Utilities, Bob and Pat moved to Randolph, Vermont where he taught electrical engineering at Norwich University. He taught full time under one of his former students for ten years, and continued as adjunct professor for another six.

At age 70, he rediscovered the Society for Creative Anachronism, which allowed him further opportunities to shoot, teach, and enjoy archery. For his tireless work in teaching others to shoot safely, he was made a member of the Order of Sagittarius. He actively participated with the Society for as long as his health allowed.

He is survived by his wife Patricia, who has always been his source of encouragement and overall help, as well as five outstanding children, Sarah, Elizabeth, Deborah, George and John. His beloved grandchildren are Matthew, Margaret, Geoffrey, Rachel, and Amy.

He is predeceased by his sister Jean Richard, and survived by brothers Warren Goodrich and George Armstrong.

SERVICES: A celebration of his life will be held, and an announcement as to place and date is forthcoming.

Arrangements are by the Day Funeral Home in Randolph, VT.
Published in Bennington Banner on Mar. 29, 2017
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