Dr. Goodman went on to graduate cum laude from Harvard, and four years later he earned a degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He completed his internship at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in 1972 and earned a doctorate in biochemistry from Penn that same year.
A four-year post as a research associate at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia was followed by a 1976 appointment as an assistant professor of medicine at Yale University, where he taught and conducted research in endocrinology until 1980.
Dr. Goodman then returned to Penn as a full professor of pathology and laboratory medicine, also serving as director of the William Pepper Laboratory at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He later left that post to become director of the endocrinology laboratory.
Dr. Goodman's research explored how hormones and critical vitamins work in the body. He also studied the role of the kidney in maintaining electrolyte balance. He published more than 130 papers on his work and received awards from the American Heart Association and the New York Academy of Science.
As a university administrator, Dr. Goodman chaired committees on faculty appointments and intercollegiate athletics. He also served as president of the Harvard Club, the Wynnewood Civic Association, and the Federation of Civic Associations of Lower Merion.
In addition to his wife, whom he married in 1994, Dr. Goodman is survived by sons Derek M. and Alex D., and sister Beverley Wesman.
Services are at 1:30 p.m. today at Goldsteins' Rosenberg's Raphael-Sacks, 6410 N. Broad St., Philadelphia. Burial will be in Har Jehuda Cemetery, Lansdowne.
Memorial donations may be made to the Dr. David B.P. Goodman Scholarship Fund, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, 3535 Market St., Philadelphia 19104.
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