Awarded to an alumnus or alumna whose selfless and caring work and deeds benefit society and humankind.
The life and work of Robert Good combine scholarly analysis with compassion, understanding and concern for the individual.
A member of a Lewisburg family with a tradition of public service, he studied commerce and finance as an undergraduate and was active with intramural sports, glee club, and band. He also took civil pilot's training and, after a tour in naval aviation in the South Pacific during World War II, he earned his masters' and Ph.D. in psychology at Ohio State University. He then became a faculty member at Sacramento State College in California where he has been cited as a distinguished teacher.
His scholarship has focused on the understanding and the prevention of suicide. He has traveled around the world in pursuit of this scholarly interest and is known for his concern and interest in the development of programs of suicide prevention. He also has worked closely with a caring and effective British volunteer organization called the "Samaritans."
Paradoxically, although his professional and personal interests combine in seeking to relieve the anguish of others, he is himself a "Masochist" - the name he gave to a group which he organized in the Sacramento area to promote running for health.