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Manuscript Collection No. 66
Rabbi and military chaplain. Alexander D. Goode was born in New York City in 1911. He spent his childhood in Washington, D.C., attending public schools there. In 1929 he enrolled at the University of Cincinnati, receiving a Bachelor's degree in 1933. He then entered the Hebrew Union College, also in Cincinnati, to study for the rabbinate and was ordained in 1937. In 1935 Goode married Theresa Flax of Cincinnati. They had one daughter, Rosalie B. Following his ordination Goode served as the rabbi at Congregation Beth Israel in York, Pa., while simultaneously studying for a Ph.D. in theology at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. After receiving his Ph.D. in 1939 Goode remained in York until the start of the second World War when he enlisted in the Army as a chaplain. After being stationed in Washington, D.C. for a time Goode was assigned to the SS Dorchester, a transport ship carrying 900 soldiers to Greenland. On February 3, 1943 the Dorchester was hit by a torpedo from a German submarine and sank. Goode gave his life jacket to another soldier on the ship, as did the three other chaplains on board (two Protestant ministers and a Catholic priest). As the ship went down the four chaplains stood on the deck, linked arms and prayed together.
Commendations, 1943-1957; sermons, student papers, articles, research papers, 1931-1942; manuscript for a book on democracy, 1942; bound volume of notes, sermons and writings, 1938-1941; The Temple Letter, a newsletter of Temple Beth Israel, York, Pa., 1937-1942; and two cassette tapes on Goode's life and service in chaplaincy by Paul Dittrick.
Terms of Access and Use
The Alexander D. Goode Papers are open to all users. The original manuscript collection is available in the Barrows-Loebelson Reading Room of the Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives.
Property and Literary Rights
Theresa Goode Kaplan, by the act of donating the Alexander D. Goode Papers to the American Jewish Archives, assigned all property rights to the American Jewish Archives. Literary rights are retained by the Alexander D. Goode and their heirs. Literary rights may also be retained by specific creators of materials.
Questions concerning rights should be addressed to the Executive Director of the American Jewish Archives. For more information see the American Jewish Archives copyright information webpage.
Footnotes and bibliographic references should refer to the Alexander D. Goode Papers and the American Jewish Archives. A suggestion for at least the first citation is as follows:
[Description], [Date], Box #, Folder #. MS-66. Alexander D. Goode Papers. American Jewish Archives, Cincinnati, Ohio.
The Alexander D. Goode Papers were received from Theresa Goode Kaplan, Columbus, Ohio in 1979 and 1981.
Processed by American Jewish Archives staff.
No further accruals are expected to this collection.
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the AJA's online catalog.
Goode, Alexander David -- 1911-1943 -- Manuscripts
Jewish sermons, American
Jews -- Pennsylvania -- York
Newsletters -- Pennsylvania -- York
World War, 1939-1945
World War, 1939-1945 -- Chaplains