Calvin C. Goode
Former Phoenix city councilman and civil rights activist Calvin C. Goode passed away at the age of 93 on Wednesday, December 23, 2020.
Goode was Phoenix’s longest serving city councilman, serving 11 consecutive terms for a total 22 years. He was also Phoenix’s second African American councilmember.
Goode attended Carver High School, the only high school in Arizona for African American students at the time, and graduated in 1945. He went on to attend Phoenix College before earning a business degree and later a Master’s degree from Arizona State University.
In 1954, Goode was hired by the Phoenix Union High School District, working a total of 30 years there before running for city council.
During his time as a councilmember, Goode worked to address issues surrounding disadvantaged youth, minority-owned businesses, and impoverished areas of the community.
He retired in 1994, and continued his work in education by serving on the Phoenix Elementary School Board for six years.
Goode was also a proud resident of the historic Eastlake Park neighborhood since 1995 and, among other nonprofits, supported the Booker T. Washington Child Development Center and the restoration of the George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center. He helped establish the Carver Restoration Fund at the Arizona Community Foundation.
The public viewing of Goode's life will take place on Saturday, January 9, 2021, at noon MST outside the Calvin C. Goode Municipal Building, 251 W. Washington Street, Phoenix, AZ 85003. Free parking will be available at the City of Phoenix parking garage on the southwest corner of 3rd Avenue and Washington Street. Social distancing and masks will be enforced.
A virtual service will be held on Tuesday, January 12, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. and officiated by Dr. Benjamin Thomas. Click here to register for the virtual service, or click here to watch live on Facebook.
In lieu of flowers, Goode's family asks that memorials be made to the Carver Museum and Cultural Center Restoration Fund.