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Rochester’s First Black City Councilman Passes

By Staff


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Ronald Good

Ronald Good, a former Monroe County Legislator, and Rochester’s first African-American city council member, passed away March 10, at the age of 91.

His memorial service will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, in Holy Cross Catholic Church, at 4492 Lake Ave.

Good moved to Rochester in 1962, after earning a bachelor’s degree in biology from New York University, and a master’s degree in chemistry from Columbia University.

Subsequently, he worked for over two decades in various capacities at Genesee Hospital.

Good joined the county legislature in 1965, as a Democrat, and held the office until 1973.

New York State Assemblyman David Gantt, D-Rochester, replaced Good after his departure.

“He was a mental giant. He always knew the issues,” Gantt said in an article in the Democrat and Chronicle.

In 1975, Good joined the city council, and had been well-known for drawing attention to issues affecting the African American community, as well as for working as a team builder and across party lines, throughout his career in public service.

He served for one four-year term on city council, and decided not to run for re-election in 1979.

Good was predeceased by his wife, Goldie, and his son, Ronald D. Good, and is survived by grandchildren, as well as additional relatives.

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