In Memoriam: Robert Goodwin

To:                  The St. Lawrence Community
From:              William L. Fox, President
Date:               November 13, 2013
Subject:           In Memory: Robert Goodwin

Our community has lost a mentor and friend to three generations of Laurentians, Coach Robert "Bob" Goodwin, emeritus professor of sport and leisure studies, who died Monday, November 11.

Coach Goodwin joined the athletics staff in 1963 as men's soccer coach, the second in the history of the program. Until his retirement in 1990, his impressive record at St. Lawrence included winning nine conference championships and two NCAA appearances with the men's soccer team.  Bob coached four national All-Americans in soccer while finishing his career with 202 victories.  The first St. Lawrence coach to win championships in three seasons in a single year, in soccer, indoor and outdoor track, Bob coached seven sports during his tenure, counting seven track and field national champions and 40 All-Americans among his players.

The very model of a teaching coach, "Goodie" was an exercise physiologist, teaching multiple sections and labs for students in the sport and leisure studies major.

Upon his retirement, he was awarded emeritus professor status and was inducted into the University's Athletic Hall of Fame in 2000. In September, we dedicated a new men's soccer team room in his name. I'm so glad he was with us for that wonderful celebration of his life and career. Goodie was in his element, happy to be reunited with so many of his former students and players.

A native of Huntington, N.Y., Bob was a veteran of the Korean War and an honors graduate of Springfield College, with a master's degree from Brooklyn College.

I know you join me in extending condolences to Bob’s wife Beverly, his family, colleagues, and alumni whose St. Lawrence experience benefited from Bob’s wisdom.  You may share your memories and thoughts at our on-line Memorial page. Services to celebrate Bob’s life will be held Saturday, November 23, at 12 noon, at the Shelburne United Methodist Church, in Shelburne VT, with a reception to follow.  

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