Ronald John Good died yesterday, March 10, 2016, he was 85 years old.
Ron was born and raised in poverty but he was richly educated.
Living in a poor rural community, Ron graduated high school, went to college and received his Master’s degree in Chemistry.
He joined the Air Force and was a gunner in World War 2 and became a decorated serviceman when his plane was shot down and he was injured.
When he returned home from the service he moved to Rochester. After the riots in 1964, he became the first African American on Rochester’s City Council, opening the door for Ruth Scott, the first female African American on City Council. Ron also mentored David Gantt. All of this while serving as Director of Human Resources for Genesee Hospital.
Ronald John Good served the Rochester community even after he suffered a stroke and later fell, breaking his leg. He served on several Boards that directed city planning. He loved Rochester and did whatever he could to make it great.
Ronald John Good left behind a rich history of public service to the Rochester community about which Rochester’s children will never know.
Neither “poor” inner city nor “rich” suburban children will learn about Ronald John Good, his legacy is not part of the common core curriculum.
Rochester’s children will not learn that poverty can not stop you from being a good person, involved in your community, righteous in your dealings with men.
Rochester’s children will not learn that it is not enough to go to college and have a career, you must also become invested in your community, you must care about people, and work together to make our neighborhoods, city, state, and nation strong and successful.
Ronald John Good’s education produced a knowledgeable, actively engaged citizen.
When we provide every child in America with a developmentally appropriate, Arts based, experiential education that concentrates on discovering, developing, and directing their gifts and talents towards becoming knowledgeable, actively engaged citizens, we will begin to end the ignorance that makes poverty the reason for our failure instead of profit.
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