Robert C. Goodwin

Government Official

Robert C. Goodwin, 93, a longtime government official who retired in 1974 as associate administrator of the Labor Department's Manpower Administration, died of congestive heart failure Oct. 15 at his home in Washington.

Mr. Goodwin, an Idaho native, was a 1929 graduate of Whitman College in Washington state. In the early 1930s, he worked for the city of Cincinnati and for Hamilton County, Ohio, as a welfare and relief official.

He began his federal career in 1937 in Ohio in what is now the Social Security Administration and in 1942 transfered to the War Manpower Commission in Ohio as a regional director.

Mr. Goodwin transfered to Washington in 1945 as the commission's executive director and later transfered to the Labor Department. From 1948 to 1969, he was director of the department's bureau of employment security. While holding that post, he also had served from 1950 to 1953 as executive director of the Office of Defense Manpower.

He was a 1946 recipient of the Medal of Merit Award from President Truman.

After retiring from Labor, he served from 1974 to 1979 as associate vice president of the Interstate Conference on Employment Security.

Mr. Goodwin was a member of the Catholic Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament at Chevy Chase Circle, the International Association of Personnel in Employment Security and Sigma Chi fraternity.

His wife of 65 years, the former Marion Schmadel, died in 1997. Survivors include a daughter, Patricia G. Norry of Chevy Chase; four sons, Clifford G., of New York, Dr. James S., of Galveston, Tex., and Dr. Frederick K. and Robert Jr., both of Chevy Chase; 13 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Gerald A. Petersen


Gerald A. Petersen, 71, a retired National Weather Service official who lived in the Washington area for 37 years, died Oct. 15 at Holy Cross Hospital after a stroke.

Mr. Petersen, who trained as a meteorologist while in the Navy from 1946 to 1952, had a 28-year career with the Weather Service before retiring in 1980 as associate director of the office of meteorology and oceanography.

He then worked for the U.N. world meteorology organization for 12 years, helping developing countries improve weather-tracking systems.

A Wheaton resident, he was a native of Racine, Wis. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin and received a master's degree in engineering administration from George Washington University.

He served with the Naval Reserve for 10 years, attaining the rank of lieutenant, and was a member of the American Meteorological Society. For the past eight years, he had been a volunteer with the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum.

Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Eunice Joyce Petersen of Wheaton; four children, Gerald M., of Tucson, Thomas E., of Gaithersburg, David A., of Wheaton, and Susan J. Smith of St. Augustine, Calif.; a sister; and 10 grandchildren.

Eugene Patrick White

Postal Lawyer

Eugene Patrick White, 73, who worked for what is now the U.S. Postal Service for 26 years before retiring in 1975 as a lawyer, died of cancer Oct. 16 at the Washington Home Hospice. He lived in Washington.

He came to Washington and joined the Post Office Department in 1949. He was a department lawyer from 1956 until retiring.

Mr. White, a Pennsylvania native, was an Army combat veteran of World War II who served in Europe and the Philippines. He was a 1949 graduate of Syracuse University and a 1956 graduate of Georgetown University law school.

Survivors include a brother, Alfred J., of Washington; and three sisters, Florence White of Washington and Helen and Margaret White, both of Cape Vincent, N.Y.