Dr. Jon Dana Goguen, 71, handed away all of a sudden on Tuesday, July 26, 2022, shortly after he was identified with glioblastoma. He leaves behind his loving spouse of 49 years, Cheryl A. Poirier; her devoted daughter Amber D. Goguen and her husband Douglas A. Kirkpatrick of Worcester; 4 brothers, Peter J. Goguen of Limerick, ME, Jay D. Goguen of Hubbardston, Robin A. Goguen of Lunenburg, and Alan M. Goguen of Lawrence; 3 sisters, Patricia H. Silvestro of Temple, NH., April L. Gendron of Fitchburg, and Randy C. Goguen of Tracys Touchdown, MD, in addition to many in-laws, nieces, nephews, household, and associates. He additionally leaves behind his affectionate cat Ndebe (Be).
Jon was born in Fitchburg, MA, the son of the late Arthur Peter and Helen (Barholm) Goguen. A graduate of Fitchburg Excessive College, he earned a bachelor’s diploma in biology from Fitchburg State Faculty and a grasp’s and doctorate. in zoology from the College of Massachusetts, Amherst. He started his profession as a Analysis Affiliate within the Division of Microbiology on the College of Alabama, Birmingham, and held his first place as Assistant Professor of Microbiology and Immunology on the College of Tennessee Well being Sciences Heart in Memphis, TN. Starting in 1986, Jon turned Affiliate Professor of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology on the College of Massachusetts Chan Drugs College in Worcester, the place he studied the micro organism that trigger bubonic plague. Throughout his partial retirement, Jon started working for the startup firm 3X Genetics, the place he helped develop diagnostic instruments for myotonic dystrophy.
Jon beloved the outside and wild locations. He spent a superb a part of his youth exploring the woods round his dwelling after which many mountaineering and backpacking journeys via New England, significantly within the White Mountains. An avid traveler, he additionally loved exploring pure locations throughout many journeys to Arizona and different locations across the US and overseas. He beloved canoeing the native rivers and went on a number of lengthy canoe journeys via the Canadian wilderness together with his spouse. He loved spending time on the off-grid household camp in Maine, in addition to yearly stays at AMC’s Chilly River Camp in Chatham NH. Jon was additionally an avid fowl watcher. He shared this ardour together with his spouse, Cheryl, whom he met at a fowl banding middle in Ashby, MA.
Jon had an adventurous spirit together with his eyes within the sky. In his youth he loved skydiving and grasp gliding. All through his life, he flew many small plane and, most not too long ago, was an lively member of the Higher Boston Hovering Membership. The spotlight of his life was with the ability to fly the Collings Basis’s WWII-era P-51 Mustang.
Jon might repair absolutely anything and had an electronics lab at dwelling, in addition to a carpentry and steel store in his basement. He was artistic and inventor, with a number of patents to his identify. He had an novice radio operator’s license, was an avid golfer, chess participant, lifelong learner, voracious reader, and deep thinker. Within the household he was well-known for his unhealthy guardian jokes (identified colloquially as ‘Goguen jokes’) and foolish poetry.
A celebration of life might be held on Saturday, August 13, 2022 at 11:00 am at Worcester Unitarian Universalist Church, 90 Holden Avenue, Worcester, MA. A lightweight lunch will comply with the celebration. There are not any telephone hours. In lieu of flowers, donations in Jon’s reminiscence will be made to the Science Seminar at Wachusett Regional Excessive College or on-line to the Worcester Animal Rescue League (WARL). To donate to Science Seminar, checks ought to be made payable to WRSD with Science Seminar on the memo line. Checks will be picked up at Jon’s Celebration of Life or mailed on to his spouse (as soon as picked up, checks might be hand-delivered at Science Seminar). Jon was an lively member of Science Seminar for a few years and has loved inspiring and coaching the following era of scientists like himself. Jon was additionally a cat lover and loved serving to his spouse elevate kittens for her adoption via WARL.
Nordgren Memorial Chapel 300 Lincoln St. Worcester is honored to assist the household with the preparations. To go away a message of condolence on-line, go to Nordgrenmemorialchapel.com.
Posted on-line July 30, 2022
Posted in Worcester Telegram & Gazette
Unitarian Universalist Church of Worcester 90 Holden St. Worcester
August 13, 2022 a 11AM