Edwin M. (Ted) Good
Apr. 23, 1928 - Sept. 12, 2014
Edwin M. (Ted) Good was born in French Cameroun, Africa. Dr. Good was a professor of religious studies at Stanford University (1956-91,) a Hebrew scholar, and a piano historian. He published six books and many articles on these subjects.
After retirement in 1991, he moved to Washington, DC, where he was involved in the Smithsonian Institution's "Piano 300" commemoration of the anniversary of the invention of the piano, both as co-curator, and through commissioning a replica of one of the original instruments built by the inventor. Dr. Good frequently performed on this instrument during the last years of his life. He recently donated it to the Stanford University Early Music Program. Also during retirement he completed a ten-year project through the Smithsonian Institution, transcribing the personal diaries of William Steinway, one of the Steinway brothers who brought the piano company to the US in the 19th century.
Ted Good earned a Ph.D. in Religion at Columbia University, a M.Div. from Union Theological Seminary in New York, a B.A. in Music from Westminster College, Pennsylvania, and a M.A. in Music from Stanford University. During his years teaching at Stanford University he incorporated a literary approach to writing about the Hebrew Bible, and this continued with his two post-retirement books, Genesis 1-11 Tales of the Earliest World (Stanford Press 2011,) and the forthcoming Song of Songs, Codes of Love (Wipf and Stock, 2015.)
He leaves behind his wife, the poet Anita Sullivan; sons Brian, Larry and John; his first wife Janice S. Good; daughters-in-law Karen (Larry) and Beverly (John); and three grandchildren, Ralph and David Good, and Carlin Greenfield. A memorial celebration will be held Saturday, October 18, 11:00-1:00 at Tsunami Books, 2585 Willamette St., Eugene, Oregon.
Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on Oct. 10, 2014.