Richard Goodwin

June 16, 1941July 29, 2018

Goodwin, Richard W. of Lake Worth, Florida died on Sunday July 29, 2018 after a brief illness. He was married to his best friend Giselle T. Reischer for 36 years.

Richard was a great, highly intelligent man with a wonderful sense of humor and a lover of classical music and dramatic theatre. Richard faced his issues like everything else, with engineering inquisitiveness, humor and pragmatism. Richard was a strong personality and once you met him you never would forget him.

His parents Beatrice & Harry Goodwin and in-laws Erna & Charles Reischer pre-deceased him as did his grandparents Dora and Louis Ment for which there was always a special love. He leaves a wife Giselle T. Reischer, Giselle’s Sister Faye and her husband Kenneth (“Chip”) Merritt, Laura, Dan, Hazel and Natalie Huffines and Charlotte and Thomas Leavitt as well as many cousins.

Richard always spoke about the family business Ment Brothers Iron Works which his grandfather started along with his brothers. He worked there each summer “in the yard” and that became the basis of his studying Engineering.

Richard holds a BS undergraduate degree from Long Island University, a MS in from New York University and a Doctorate from Technion/WOU. He holds Professional Engineering licenses from NY, NJ and VT. Dr. Goodwin has presented/published over 70 papers and four books dealing with environmental and energy issues. He was a civil, sanitary and environmental engineer in private practice since 1985 and was an expert in Coal Residue, Waste-to-Energy and use of Shale Oil/Gas. His last book was Combustion Ash Residue Management – An Engineering Prospective 2nd Edition published in 2014.

Richard cared deeply about the State of Israel and lived in Israel for 3 years and studied at the Technion. He was most proud of his accomplishments in growing plants in the desert using reused treated water. Richard continued to marvel over the “start-up” nation Israel was to become in the various technologies including the recent discovery of oil and gas in Israel.

Richard also performed volunteer activities wherever he resided. At Valencia Shores he was a long-time board member known to work for the benefit of the community focused on engineering efforts including the management of the weirs, generators and ensuring that the community did not flood and have proper lighting from the FPL utility. Many remember the Science Club that had interesting topics for the community to enjoy.

Funeral Services will be held at the IJ Morris at Star of David of the Palm Beaches Cemetery on July 31 at 230pm. The address i;s 9321 Memorial Park Road, West Palm Beach, FL 33412.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the American Technion Society –Israel Institute of Technology at East 59th Street, New York, NY 10022 or the US Holocaust Museum, 100 Raul Wallenberg Place SW, Washington DC 20024-2126.


  • Giselle Reischer, Wife



  • Funeral Service Tuesday, July 31, 2018


  • Meal of Condolence , Shiva

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Faye Merritt

July 30, 2018

Richie had a good heart and will be missed by us. Faye & Chip

Diana Kawalek

July 30, 2018


My sincere condolences for your loss


Shannon Schneider

July 30, 2018

Giselle, I am so sorry for your loss. If there is anything you need, please let me know.