Edwin R. Goode Jr., 55, a retired scientist in the Agriculture Department's science and education administration, died of renal failure Feb. 10 at his home in Auburn, Ala.

A veterinarian by training, he was on SEA's national program staff, specializing in domestic animal disease, when he retired last year.

Dr. Goode was born in Birmingham, Ala. He was a graduate of Auburn University, where he received a doctorate in veterinary medicine. He also studied at the Harvard University Graduate School of Public Administration.

He practiced veterinarian medicine in Spartanburg, S.C., and Birmingham before joining Agriculture's Bureau of Animal Industry in 1947.

He was assigned to Mexico City, and later was transferred to the Beltsville Research Center here. In 1956, he became assistant director of the animal disease and parasite research division of the Agricultural Research Service.

Dr. Goode was promoted to assistant deputy administrator of ARS in 1962, and director of the operations review and evaluation staff of ARS in 1970.

He was known for his work on the diagnosis, nature of infections and immunology of brucellosis in cattle.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Elizabeth, of the home in Auburn; four children, Edwin R., Thomas Allen, Richard Ware and Mary Elizabeth, and four grandchildren.