Ronald Bernard Goyette, 57, business manager of the private Norwood School in Bethesda, died July 12 at his home in Silver Spring after a heart attack. He collapsed after returning from a bike ride.
Mr. Goyette supervised all financial matters for the more than 500-student, independent elementary school, including operating budgets, receivables, payrolls and taxes.
Before joining Norwood's executive administrative staff in July 2001, Mr. Goyette spent 13 years as business manager of Georgetown Preparatory School in Rockville and the previous four years as comptroller at the National 4-H headquarters in Chevy Chase.
He had also worked at Washington Hospital Center as supervisor of general disbursements and at the Country Day School of the Sacred Heart as a math and religious education instructor.
Mr. Goyette, a Washington area resident for 38 years, was a native of Pittsfield, Mass., and graduated with a degree in philosophy from Williams College in Williamstown, Mass. He also graduated from St. Joseph's Seminary College in Washington and received a master's degree in theology from Washington Theological Coalition and Oblate College in the District.
He received a master's of business administration from Georgetown University in 1982.
An active member of a number of professional organizations, Mr. Goyette was a trustee, assistant treasurer and chairman of the business affairs committee for the Association of Independent Maryland Schools, as well as chairman of the business managers advisory committee and board member of the finance committee for the Association of Independent Schools of Greater Washington.
He also was on the board of directors of the Lt. Joseph P. Kennedy Institute and the Lowell School in Washington.
He volunteered as chaplain's assistant at the Delaware Hospital for the Chronically Ill and helped coach and umpire Little League and Babe Ruth League baseball games.
An avid cyclist, he was a member of the Washington Area Bicyclist Association and the Potomac Pedalers.
Survivors include his wife, Mary "Gabrielle" Goyette of Silver Spring; four children, Chachi Goyette of Columbia, Paul Whitehead of Oahu, Hawaii, and Bianca Goyette and Kathryn Morris, both of Brooklyn, N.Y.; his parents, Alcide and Helen J. Goyette of Pittsfield; a brother; and a sister.