Dr. Phil Goodman

Dr. Phil Goodman, professor of internal medicine, died unexpectedly Aug. 18, 2010 from a heart attack. He was 55. He was born in Chicago, Ill. Dec. 24, 1954 to Leonard and Sydelle Goodman.

He graduated from the University of California, Irvine with a bachelor’s in biology and physics. He attended medical school and completed his internal medicine residency there, as well.

In 1983, he began his long career as a researcher and teacher with the University of Nevada School of Medicine. He completed his master’s in statistics from University of Michigan School of Public Health in 1988. As a Robert Wood Johnson fellow, he served as a health policy adviser in the U.S. Senate in 1989. He was appointed to a full professorship at the University in 1995. He completed a fellowship in neuroscience at the Institute for Neuroinformatics at UZ/ETH, Zurich, Switzerland in 1997. His research over the years was primarily concerned with illuminating the neuronal basis for human cognition.

His marriage to Nancy Brick in 1982 marked the beginning of a long and loving partnership. Their two daughters, Sara and Anne, were the center of their world.

He is survived by his wife, Nancy; daughters, Sara and Anne; mother, Sydelle; sisters, Lauri (Robert), Jeri (Mike) and Susy (Tom); father-in-law, Isidore; sister-in-law, Marilyn (Kyle); as well as many nieces, nephews and friends.