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C. Glenn Goodrich, former school administrator, music teacher

Aug. 26, 1928 – April 19, 2015

C. Glenn Goodrich of the Town of Tonawanda, a retired CEO and former school administrator, died Sunday in Erie County Medical Center after complications from a fall at home. He was 86.

Born Chauncey G. Goodrich in Silver Creek and widely known as Glenn, he graduated from Tonawanda High School. He earned a bachelor’s degree in music education from SUNY Fredonia in 1950 and a master’s degree in education administration from University of Buffalo in 1955. He served as a sergeant in the Air Force from 1950 to 1953.

After the military, he taught music in the Schroon Lake School District for a year.

In 1955, Mr. Goodrich joined the Kenmore Tonawanda Public School District. He taught music and later served as assistant principal at Hoover Middle School from 1965 to 1985. He was president of the Kenmore Teachers Association, and Music Educators of Erie County.

Mr. Goodrich worked at Niagara Medical Association in Niagara Falls, a firm representing physicians. He was CEO from 1990 to 2000.

He was a member of the Sheridan Lions Club and active with charities for the blind. He was a longtime patron of the Buffalo Philharmonic and a railroad enthusiast.

Survivors include his wife of 63 years, the former Alene Braun; a son, Dale Glenn; three daughters, Linda Jeanne Way, Sharon Alene Kempton and Lisa Suzanne Laufer; two brothers, Nelson and John; a sister, Barbara Korb; nine grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday in Zion United Church of Christ, 15 Koenig Circle, Tonawanda.

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