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Honoring Dr. Richard Goodwin's lifetime achievements on his 90th birthday

Tim Gilrain and Richard Goodwin

Goodwin College Assistant Dean Tim Gilrain and Dr. Richard Goodwin

June 27, 2018

In honor of Dr. Richard Goodwin’s 90th birthday, family, friends, colleagues and honored guests celebrated his life and many contributions to industry and academia at a New Jersey country club. Among the attendees were Drexel's Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Nina Henderson Provost Dr. M. Brian Blake who shared the impact that Richard’s contributions have made on Goodwin College of Professionl Studies students and their ability to achieve success; and Goodwin College Assistant Dean Tim Gilrain, who offered remarks on behalf of Drexel University President John Fry.

Reflecting on Richard’s long history at Drexel, President Fry shared, “Dr. Richard Goodwin is a loyal son of Drexel University who received his bachelor's degree in commerce and engineering from the University in 1948 followed by an honorary doctoral degree in 2004 to recognize his many professional and philanthropic accomplishments.”

In regards to his career achievements, President Fry also noted that, “Dr. Richard Goodwin is the retired Chairman of Goodwin Enterprises, and through that company he, his family and colleagues have had an enormous impact on shaping the landscape of South Jersey through the construction of thousands of residential units as well as sewer and water companies and neighborhood shopping centers, and also engaging in land development.”

“Dr. Richard Goodwin's extraordinary commitment to his alma mater led him to make a landmark commitment in 2000 to name the Richard C. Goodwin College of Professional Studies,” he continued, “a unique unit at Drexel that has traditionally offered accessible, career-oriented education to a variety of non-traditional learners and organizations seeking a flexible, supportive academic environment.”

Following the remarks, guests were delighted by musical performances from Dr. Richard Goodwin’s grandchildren as well as his own stand-up comedy routine.

Named in his honor, Drexel University’s Goodwin College of Professional Studies extends its sincere thanks to Dr. Richard Goodwin, whose generosity resulted in the renovation of the College’s facilities to include state-of-the-art computer labs, as well as labs in support of the Engineering Technology program. This generous gift has enabled Goodwin College to continue to provide to all students practical education in several areas of technology, applied management and liberal studies.