Oct. 4, 1914 – Dec. 3, 2012
Robert W. Goehle, former fiscal administrator for Roswell Park Cancer Institute, died Monday in Blocher Homes, Williamsville, where he had been a resident for several years. He was 98.
Mr. Goehle grew up in Lockport, where his father owned a commercial greenhouse, and was a 1932 graduate of Lockport High School. He worked his way through night school, taking courses in accounting and writing.
He began his career in management at Buffalo State Teachers College and became fiscal administrator at Roswell Park in 1954. During his 23 years in the post, he oversaw a major expansion in research grants from the National Institutes of Health and helped prepare the applications.
Recognized as an expert in the field, he was invited to review other research applications by the National Institutes of Health, which also assigned him to visit leading medical research institutions across the nation to assess their proposals and their facilities.
After he retired in 1977, he continued to serve as a consultant for three years to the state Health Department.
Mr. Goehle moved from Buffalo to Clarence in 1950 and became a member of Williamsville United Methodist Church, where he was active in the men’s group and later in Elderteens, serving for a while as the group’s program director. He also delivered Meals on Wheels until he was in his 90s.
He was an avid golfer, photographer, gardener and woodcarver. A music lover, he entertained friends and family on the mandolin.
His wife of 59 years, Elizabeth “Betty” Neilson Goehle, died in 1998.
Surviving are a son, Donald; two daughters, Susan Nicholas and Linda Berger; and a companion, Doris King.
A memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in Williamsville United Methodist Church, 5681 Main St.