Dr. Daniel K. Goodman, 68, of Valparaiso, Ind., passed away Friday, July 6, 2012, at Bernard Mitchell Hospital at the University of Chicago.
He was born on April 30, 1944, in Kennett, to Arthur U. Jr. and Mildred Kennett Goodman.
He married Naomi J. Holbeck in Canberra, Australia in 1969.
Dan graduated from Kennett High School in 1962. He received his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla in 1965 and his master's degree from Stanford University in 1966. He was awarded a Rotary International Fellowship for graduate study overseas and began studies at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, remaining there for four years to earn his doctorate in electrical engineering. While in Australia, he met and married Naomi.
He returned to Missouri, and taught at the University of Missouri-Rolla, at Purdue University-Calumet in Indiana, and then at Valparaiso University in Indiana. Dan was a dedicated educator, and throughout his career he received many awards for excellence in teaching, and in advising students and student organizations. These included Outstanding Teacher Awards at UMR in 1972-74, and Best Engineering Professor Awards at Purdue-Calumet in 1975, 1977, and 1984.
Dan conducted research during the summer months. His most memorable project was working at the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center, Calif., on the long-range reconnaissance plane, "Blackbird" SR-71. During one sabbatical, he redesigned the curriculum at Valparaiso University to enhance students' learning and experience in line with new engineering practices. He was always supportive of student organizations, including the Society of Women Engineers, often serving as advisor. Following his retirement in 2006, he enjoyed travel, bridge, and reading, and spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.
He is survived by his loving family; his wife, Naomi; daughter, Danielle (Stew Scott) Goodman-Scott; grandchildren, Aidan and Chloe, of Parker, Colo.; son, Dr. Michael L. Goodman, of Richmond, Va.; uncle and aunt, Arvin and Dortha Goodman, of Kennett; many cousins, and brother-in-law, David (Lesley) Holbeck and family, in Australia. Dan will be greatly missed as a loving and supportive husband, father, grandfather, and friend.
Following cremation, a private gathering will be held.
Memorials may be made to Riley Hospital Children's Foundation, 30 S. Meridian St., Suite 200, Indianapolis, IN 46204-3509 or www.rileykids.org, or the Independent Cat Society, P.O. Box 735, Westville, IN 46391-0735.