From a contemporary press report:
Robert C. Gooding, 81, a Navy Vice Admiral who retired in 1976 as commander of Naval ship systems and Naval sea systems commands, died of liver cancer November 30, 1999 at Goodwin House West Hospice in Falls Church.
Admiral Gooding, a longtime Alexandria resident, served in the Navy for 31 years. He was a member of the U.S. Naval Academy class of '42, which graduated in 1941 because of World War II. In the war, he served in the radar, main battery and engineering departments of a battleship in the Atlantic and Pacific.
After further studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he received engineering-related assignments, including one as technical director of Polaris and Poseidon weapons systems.
He was born in New Orleans and raised in Pittsburgh and Alexandria, where he graduated from Alexandria High School.
After his military retirement, he served as chairman of Columbia Research Corp., a government computer software contractor in Crystal City, and worked as a consulting engineer.
He was past president of the American Society of Naval Engineers and a member of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers.
His honors included the Legion of Merit and the Distinguished Service Medal.
Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Joyce Waller of Falls Church; a son, Rob Gooding of Atlanta; and three grandchildren.
GOODING, ROBERT C.
Vice Admiral, United States Navy (Ret.)
On Tuesday, November 30, 1999, at Goodwin House West, ROBERT GOODING of Falls Church, VA, husband of Joyce Waller Gooding; father of Robert Fleming Gooding of Atlanta, GA. Also survived by three grandchildren, Paige M., J. Carter, and Grant C. Gooding. Funeral services will be held on Monday, December 13, 10 a.m. at Fort Myer Chapel. Interment Arlington National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, family suggest memorials be made to the Goodwin House West Resident Christmas Gifts for the Employees.
GOODING, ROBERT C
VADM US NAVY
DATE OF BIRTH: 06/27/1918
DATE OF DEATH: 11/30/1999
BURIED AT: SECTION 3 SITE 4605 EH
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
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