ROGER J. GOEBEL DIED
Posted on May 6, 2018 by keywestlou
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Roger J. Goebel met his Maker on April 20, 2018. Roger was 82.
The meeting had to be an interesting one. Roger an intellectual. A genius. Few could match his mental acumen.
Roger’s life was committed to the law. The last 33 years as a Professor at Fordham Law. He might very well be serving as a counselor to the Lord today.
Strange I am writing about Roger today. The last time I saw him was on the day we both graduated from Manhattan College in 1957. My only connection with him since has occasionally reading about him in the news. Prior to teaching law, he was a partner with an international law firm. He spent many years in the firm’s Paris office.
Roger and I developed a strange relationship. He was beyond me mentally. I doubt anyone was of his intellectual level. Which meant he was a loner.
For some reason, we became friends in our last two years at Manhattan. We would walk one or two evenings a week around the campus chatting. Sometimes at his level, sometimes at mine. I found him to be a lonely person. His intellect setting him aside from others.
God love you, Roger! Sad we never spoke again after Manhattan.
I would never have known Roger died were it not for a fellow Manhattan graduate, John Reinke. Class of 1968. Reinke publishes a weekly internet periodical Jasper Jottings. Manhattan College is known less formally as the Jaspers.
How John gets Jasper Jottings out amazes me. Alumni detail big time.
Keep up the good work, John. You help so many of us in small but important ways.
Another Manhattan graduate who also became a lawyer is presently in the news daily. Rudy Giuliani. Not a class mate of Roger and I. Giuliani graduated some 8-10 years after us.
I have spoken/written of Giuliani the past few days several times. In this blog, my newspaper column, my podcast, and Facebook live video. The man is over the hill. His time has passed.
I suspect Trump has brought him on his team as an ego booster. He is not helping him legally.
Perhaps Trump does have a genius. By keeping Giuliani at his side, he keeps the news on Giuliani and not himself.
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Goebel, Roger [MC1957 RIP]
Giuliani, Rudy [MC1969]
Petrone, Louis S. “Key West Lou” (MC1957)
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