D. Goode was born in Brooklyn, New York on May 10, 1911.
His father was a Rabbi and his mother, Fay had two other sons,
Joseph and Moses, and a daughter, Agatha. Alex received medals at
Eastern High School, Washington, DC for tennis, swimming and track.
He led his class in scholarship too! He planned to follow in his
father's footsteps and become a Rabbi, but that did not keep him
from having a laughing, shouting, hail-fellow-well-met boyhood with
all the Protestant and Catholic boys in his neighborhood. He
graduated from Eastern in 1929.
He entered the University of Cincinnati and graduated in 1934 with
an A.B. degree...and then on to Hebrew Union College with a B.H.
degree in 1937. He later received his Ph.D. from John Hopkins
University in 1940.
Alex married his childhood sweetheart, Theresa Flax, daughter of
Nathan and Rose Flax. Theresa was a niece of singer and motion
picture star, Al Jolson. They were married on October 7, 1935. His
first assignment as an ordained Rabbi was at a synagogue in Marion,
Indiana in 1936. On July 16, 1937, he was transferred to the Beth
Israel synagogue in York, Pennsylvania until mid-1942. Alex and
Theresa had a daughter, Rosalie, who was born in 1939.
Rabbi Goode applied to become a chaplain with the U.S. Navy in
January 1941, but he was not accepted at that time. Right after
Pearl Harbor, he tried again, this time with the Army, and received
an appointment on July 21, 1942. Chaplain Goode went on active duty
on August 9, 1942 and he was selected for the Chaplains School at
Harvard. He had courses in map reading, first aid, law, and chemical
warfare. Chaplain Goode was then assigned to the 333rd Airbase
Squadron in Goldsboro, North Carolina. In October 1942, he was
transferred to Camp Myles Standish in Taunton, Massachusetts and
Alex was reunited with Chaplains Fox, Poling and Washington, who
were classmates at Harvard.
It was January 1943 when he boarded the U.S.A.T. Dorchester in
Boston and embarkation to Greenland. Chaplain Goode was killed in
action on February 3, 1943 in the icy waters of the North Atlantic
when the Dorchester was sunk by a German U-boat. Chaplain Goode was
posthumously awarded the Purple Heart and Distinguished Service