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Irvin J. Good, 71, Administrator Who Served the City of Philadelphia

June 9, 2005
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Irvin J. Good, 71, who served in the background of Philadelphia politics, died May 15. Born in Philadelphia, he was raised in Egg Harbor, N.J., where his father, Sol Good, owned Good's Department Store.

Good, who earned a CPA from the Wharton School, also held a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania.

Deputy city controller of Philadelphia under Alex Hemphill during the administration of Mayor James Tate, Good was later appointed acting city controller by Tate when Hemphill resigned. He also served as deputy city controller under Paul Chalfin, and again, as acting city controller when Chalfin resigned.

During the Frank Rizzo administration, Good served as the deputy director of commerce and chaired the Charter Reform Commission, which sought changes in the Philadelphia City Charter that were not adopted by the voters.

Good held the position of executive director of the Philadelphia Port until his retirement, around 1980.

A one-time commander of the Philadelphia Chapter of the Jewish War Veterans, Good served in the U.S. Army.

Good is survived by his wife, Lois Good; son Dr. Paul C. Good; a stepson, Dr. William P. Mayer; and two grandchildren. He was predeceased by his sister, Shirley Seave.

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