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john gale goddard

John Gale Goddard, 79 Oceanography pioneer, world traveler, volunteer

In Memoriam

John Gale Goddard, 79

Oceanography pioneer, world traveler, volunteer

John G. Goddard

Cooperstown – John Gale Goddard, former resident of Cooperstown passed away May 6, 2021, in Nyack, NY. He was 79.

John was born in Cooperstown to Arthur John Goddard and Ramona Gale Goddard and graduate from Cooperstown Central School in 1960. He earned a B.A. in chemistry from Harpur College (now SUNY Binghamton) in 1965 and a M.S. in Geology from CUNY Queens College in 1969.

John was an expert in the measurement of carbon dioxide in sea water. He joined the staff at Columbia University’s Lamont Doherty Geological Observatory in Palisades, NY in August 1965 and supported that research enterprise until 2019; he also taught oceanography at Fairleigh Dickinson University in the 1980s. He sailed on more than 20 oceanographic expeditions in the Atlantic, Pacific and Southern Oceans and traveled to all seven continents. His efforts contributed to better understanding of global climate change, biogeochemical cycling, ocean circulation, ocean-atmosphere interaction, and earthquake prediction. The quality and importance of his contribution to the collective scientific accomplishments of LDEO is recognized.

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