- Published on Wednesday, 20 August 2014 00:01
- Written by Los Altos Town Crier Staff
Maxine Steineke Goad died Monday, July 28, 2014, at the age of 83 of multi-infarct dementia. She was preceded in death in the year 2000 by her husband Walter B. Goad. She is survived by her children Marian Goad, Chris Goad, and Donna Goad (Paul Johnson) and grandsons (all of New Mexico), her sister Marian Taaffe of Los Altos Hills, her Taaffe nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephew.
She was born November 17, 1930, in Palo Alto, California, to Max and Florence Steineke.
Her early years were punctuated by travel and living in foreign countries where her father explored for oil (including Saudi Arabia, where she spent almost two years). When not on the move, she lived with her family in the house built by her grandparents in Los Altos Hills.
She attended Stanford University where she received a bachelor’s and master’s degree in physics. She learned to mountain climb with the Stanford Alpine Club and attended their reunions until a few years ago. It was during her summer in the graduate student program at Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory in New Mexico (the first female student to be chosen for this program) that she met Walter B. Goad in 1952. They married later that year and were married for almost 49 years. They built their home and raised three children in El Rancho, New Mexico. She and Walter took their children on many wilderness camping and sailing adventures over the years. In the 1970s, Maxine went to work for New Mexico's Environment Department, after years of citizen activism in the field of water quality. There she played a central role in the development of New Mexico’s groundwater protection regulations which became a model for other states. She retired in the late 1990s but continued to be involved in political and environmental issues. In 2003, she was appointed to the Water Quality Control Commission by Governor Richardson. She was the recipient of the New Mexico Earth Science Achievement Award in 2008 “for outstanding contributions advancing the role of earth science in areas of public service and public policy in New Mexico.” She received the Sierra Club's National Distinguished Service Award in 2013 for her lifelong commitment to protecting the environment.
Maxine’s life was one of generosity and caring. She will be deeply missed.