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Former Marion Superior judge dies

IL Staff
January 1, 2008
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A former Marion Superior Court judge and longtime executive director of the Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys Council died April 5 at his home after a long illness.

Hon. Richard P. Good Jr., 76, was appointed by Gov. Frank O'Bannon in 1997 to Marion Superior Court, where he served in the Criminal Division. During his time on the bench, he was chosen by his peers to serve on the executive committee. After leaving the bench in 2002, he took on temporary assignments as presiding judge of the Juvenile Court, as interim Court Administrator of Marion County Courts, and worked as a senior judge in the Marion Circuit and Superior Courts. He also joined Chief Justice Randall T. Shepard's staff in 2003 to assist with legislative affairs and court administration projects. He also was a former chair of the Indiana Criminal Law Study Commission.

Prior to being appointed to the bench, Judge Good was executive director of the Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys Council from 1975 until 1997. He was a partner in the law firm of Lacey Angel Good & Jessup from 1959 to 1975; assistant city attorney in Kokomo from 1968 to 1972; chief deputy prosecuting attorney in Howard County from 1964 to 1967; and served in the Indiana General Assembly from 1963 to 1964.

Judge Good taught criminal justice at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis and worked as an adjunct instructor in trial advocacy at Indiana University School of Law - Indianapolis. He earned his law degree from Indiana University School of Law in 1959.

He served in the U.S. Army as first lieutenant during the Korean War. He also served in the Army Reserves Judge Advocate General Corps.

Outside of the law, Judge Good was passionate about music, sports, travel, and culinary exploits.

Judge Good is survived by his wife, Marilyn Schultz; son Michael P. Good; daughters Sally Good Burton, Linda Wallace, and Nancy Rigsby; and seven grandchildren.

Visitation will be at 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. April 9 at Christ Church Cathedral, 55 Monument Circle, Indianapolis; the service begins at 2 p.m. with a reception at the church immediately after the service.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made to the Marion County Library Foundation, the Indianapolis Opera, or the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.
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