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John Carleton Goodell ’37

Published in Feb. 12, 2003, issue

John died on June 15, 2002 in Saratoga, Fla. He was 88. He came to us from the Clark School [N.H.], majored in economics, and was proud that he was a member of the undefeated freshmen and varsity lacrosse teams and business manager of The Tiger.

During WWII he served in procurement and in the 321st bomb group in Corsica and Italy. John flew 13 missions, for which he received the Flying Cross, the Air Medal, and the Purple Heart. After the war he was assigned to the Pentagon, where he worked in research and development, and later was sent to Harvard Business School, where he earned an MBA with distinction.

In 1953, he moved to East Aurora, N.Y., to work for Scott Aviation. Along with two engineers and the help of his wife, Dorothy, he started Carleton Controls Co. in his garage. They designed and produced major subsystems for American space vehicles, including the primary and emergency oxygen regulator assemblies that enabled Neil Armstrong to step on the moon July 20, 1969.

After retiring in 1981, John wintered in Longboat Key, Fla., and summered in Centerville, Maine. His dear wife, Dorothy, died in 1987. Survivors include daughter Amy Waters, son Robert, and six grandchildren.

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