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Dr. Carl J. Goebel

March 25, 1929 - November 20, 2013


Dr. Carl J. Goebel of Mount Angel, born March 25, 1929 in Milwaukee, Wis., died Nov. 20, 2013 in Woodburn. Dr. Goebel was a Professor in the by: SUBMITTED - Dr. Carl Goebeldepartment of Natural Resource Sciences at Washington State University for 38 years having earned his B.S. degree at the University of Idaho, his M.S. degree at Harvard, and his PhD at Utah State University. He also worked with USAID in Morocco and Lesotho. He was a Fulbright Scholar, teaching in India, Australia and New Zealand. Dr. Goebel traveled the world teaching in Asia, as well as South America.

Dr. Goebel was a medic in the Navy, also serving as a radiologist during atomic and hydrogen bomb testing in the Marshall Islands.

Carl is survived by his darling sister, Marion McKanry, his children, Jeff, Jerry, Therese (Kevin), and Tricia (Aaron), 10 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren, and 3 nieces and 1 nephew. His wife and traveling companion of 54 years, Patricia, and his beloved son, Paul (Karen), preceded him in death.

Carl was passionate about teaching and traveling. After retirement, he and his wife, Pat, continued to teach at Chemeketa CCLR about their travels in Africa, India, and the U.S. They led a group of students to Morocco and Mt. St. Helens. His children remember many times of hiking through rangeland to check dad’s “plots” that he used for research.

Carl was passionate about exercise. He was an accomplished tennis and racquetball player, winning many games against his students, He enjoyed running but was a lifelong swimmer, usually hitting the gyms twice daily. Carl also loved dancing, ballroom and country western, spending many years in a dance club with his wife. He also delighted in dancing with his daughters and they will never have a better dance partner.

It was Dr. Goebel’s passion as a professor, father and friend to all to leave the world better than he found it. That is truly his greatest inheritance.

A memorial service will be held at Cascade Park Retirement Center, Nov. 30 at 1:30 p.m. A family service will be held at Willamette National Cemetery at a later date. Arrangements by Unger Funeral Chapel of Mt. Angel.