RAM chips like these seem to have the highest failure rate of all ICs. I find bad SRAM chips occasionally in NOS factory tubes. Might of just had a single bad one, it happens. These things are more static sensitive than other ICs as well. Maybe it got zapped somewhere along the way before it made it into your board.
No worries when buying from GPE. Be careful on eBay though. I get a lot of stuff on eBay and it works 99% of the time, but they are often recycled and refurbed including a new imprint on top. Some times i wonder if they really match up the right speeds, low / high power, wide/narrow, etc.