Born in Amityville, New York in 1907 and educated at the Manual Training High School in Brooklyn, Gould then attended the Pawling School, graduating in 1926. He entered Dartmouth College in 1926 and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1930. Red, as he was known to everyone, was an outstanding athlete. While a schoolboy, Red won letters in swimming, basketball, track, football, and lacrosse. He was captain of the Manual Training High School lacrosse team his senior year and also co-captain of the Brooklyn All-Scholastic team in 1925.
Upon arriving at Dartmouth, he increased his athletic interests by adding gymnastics, where he was Eastern Intercollegiate Tumbling Champion, New England AAU Tumbling Champion, and also paddled in the International Canoe Championship in 1927. Red's lacrosse life started in the spring of 1922 with the Manual Training High School team. He played four years there, the 1923 team being the champions of its league, and Red captained the 1925 team. Upon entering Dartmouth, Red took up lacrosse immediately and played for all four years there, being captain in his senior year, and finished as one of Dartmouth's all-time great lacrosse players. He was chosen All-American in 1929 and 1930.
After college, Red joined the Crescent Athletic Club, and played for them from 1930-43, being captain of the 1943 team. The 1930 Crescent Team was national Open Champions. After taking three years off, Red returned to be a player/coach at the Crescent for two years, 1946 and 1947. He also played in the Box Lacrosse League in 1947. He had the great honor of being chosen by Laurie Cox as a member of the One-Time Intercollegiate Lacrosse Team from the years 1920 through 1938. Red also did two years of officiating at the high school level shortly after leaving Dartmouth.
From 1942-45, he served in the United States Air Force as a staff sergeant, winning both the Commanding General's commendation and the Bronze Star in 1945, both on Guam.
After graduation from Dartmouth, Red became manager of the Sheepshead Bay Canoe and Boat Company, was program director at Camp Grant for boys for several years, then joined the John Lowry Building Contractors. In 1936 he joined the Phelps-Dodge Copper Products Corporation, where he was employed until his retirement.
Red Gould passed away in 2000 at the age of 92.