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Robert  "Bob" Campbell Good, PhD

Robert "Bob" Campbell Good, PhD
  • August 23, 1926 - October 15, 2019
  • Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
  • In lieu of flowers donations may be made to:
  • Christ Church
    2304 Highway 17 North
    Mount Pleasant, SC 29466
  • In lieu of flowers donations may be made to:
  • Franke at Seaside
    Burgess Dining Center - Attn: Elliott Williams
    1885 Rifle Range Rd.
    Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464

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“Truly a wonderful man. I valued the time I spent with him. ”
1 of 2 | Posted by: Katrina Caviedes - Mesa, AZ

“Bob was one of the gentlest people I have ever know. I will miss his sweet smile and twinkling eyes. ”
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Robert ("Bob") Campbell Good, PhD, 93, of Mount Pleasant, SC, husband of the late Loraine Sparling Good, passed away peacefully on October 15, 2019 surrounded by those who loved him.

Bob was born on August 23, 1926 in Erwin, TN to Arthur and Nettie Kate Good. Along with his big sis' Ody, he was a first generation high school graduate. After high school he entered the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Like most of his generation, his college career was interrupted by service in the US Army for WWII. After completing his service, he resumed his education at UTK where he received a BA and MS in microbiology. He relocated to Chicago for his first job as a research bacteriologist at The Kendall Company. While in Chicago, he met his future wife Loraine, and, with her encouragement, he completed a PhD in microbiology from Northwestern University. After completion of his PhD, he worked as a research microbiologist at the International Mineral and Chemical Corporation after which he was a research associate at Christ Hospital Institute of Medical Research in Cincinnati, Ohio. From 1963-1969 he was an associate research bacteriologist at the National Center for Primate Biology at UCDavis after which he was project manager/director of Microbiology and Virology at Hazelton Laboratories America in Vienna, VA. He spent the last 25 years of his career at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia where he served as Chief of the Mycobacteriology Branch (1976-1995), Chief of the Respiratory and Special Pathogens Laboratory Branch (1982-1986), and Chief of the Respiratory Diseases Branch, Division of Bacterial and Mycotic Diseases, National Center for Infectious Diseases (1986-1993). He also served as adjunct faculty in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Emory University School of Medicine. He was a Division Lecturer for the American Society of Microbiology in 1993 and received the 1997 Gardner Middlebrook Award from the European Society of Mycobacteriology for "outstanding contribution in the field of tuberculosis diagnostics, advancement or research."

Bob was the ultimate gentleman, and more importantly he was a gentle man with a quick wit, kind heart, and playful sense of humor. He lived his life, even when faced with adversity, with grace and dignity that were an inspiration to many. He loved his family, friends, work, the Appalachian Mountains and the Tennessee Volunteers. He enjoyed dancing and a good bridge game (possibly too much in his college years!). He found pleasure tending his garden and was able to grow the largest geraniums in South Carolina. Music was an integral part of his life, and he enjoyed his classical music collection as well as live performances. As a teen, he saved money from his job as a soda jerk so that he could study piano. He also enjoyed singing (tenor) and was proud that he had played the euphonium in the Pride of the Southland Marching Band. He was often persuaded to play piano for singalongs with his wife and daughters. He was a faithful man and an active student of the Bible. He served on the vestry of Christ Church in Norcross, GA and actively participated in and led Bible studies. Bob loved and celebrated life, and all who knew him felt better for it.

Bob was predeceased by his beloved wife Loraine and is survived by daughters Heather Gruber (Robert) of Fayetteville, NC and Holly Mitchell (John) of Mt. Pleasant, SC, grandchildren Clay (Taylor) Gruber, Amanda Gruber, Rachel Mitchell and Joshua Mitchell. He is also survived by his big sister, Orene (Ody) Archer (Shakopee, MN), brother-in-law and sisters-in-law and many nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank Bob's caregivers and all of the staff of Franke at Seaside, especially the Active Lifestyle dining staff. His life was enriched and eased by the kindness you shared with him.

Bob requested "A service of Praise and Glory," and the Rite of Christian Burial will be at Christ Church (2304 N Hwy 17, Mt Pleasant, SC 29466) on Saturday, October 26, 2019 at 11:00 AM. Interment will follow immediately in the Christ Church Columbarium. A reception will be held at 1:00 PM at the Burgess Center at Franke at Seaside 1700 Rifle Range Road, Mount Pleasant, SC 29464.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Christ Church (2304 N Hwy 17, Mt Pleasant, SC 29466) or to Franke at Seaside with memo "Burgess Dining Center" (1885 Rifle Range Rd, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464 attn Elliott Williams).