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Dr. John W. Goodwin
© Cheyenne Star
30 Oct 2008
Submitted by: Wanda Purcell

Dr. John W. Goodwin, Ph.D., 73, of Fayetteville, Arkansas died October 28, 2008 in Vici, Oklahoma.

He was born at home on January 1, 1935 in Durham, Roger Mills County, Oklahoma, to Robert Lewis and Obera Hatley Goodwin.

He received his BA from Panhandle A & M {Oklahoma Panhandle State University} and his M.S. and Ph.D. from Oklahoma State University.

An educator since 1964, Dr. Goodwin's scholarship supported the intellectual growth of thousands of students in more than twenty universities who learned fundamental and advanced economic principal from his text books. He loved his work in the classroom and of all his awards and recognitions, he was most proud of being given the "Outstanding Teacher Award" by his students at Oklahoma State University.

A lifelong Democrat, he ran for U.S. Congress {6th District of Oklahoma} in 1968, garnering 49% of the vote. He served the state of Oklahoma first as Deputy Commissioner of Agriculture and later as Executive Director of Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service {ASCS}. He served in Washington, D.C. as the Associate Administration of the ACS for the Carter Administration.

As Vice President for Agriculture at the University of Arkansas, he oversaw the operations of the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station, Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service and the Colleges of Agriculture. He served as president of Oklahoma Panhandle State University from 1995 until his retirement in 2002.

He volunteered time and effort to a variety of organizations including the Democratic Party, Volunteers for Overseas Cooperative Assistance, and the National Alliance on Mental Illness. His volunteer service in Santa Cruz, Bolivia resulted in improved marketing strategies for local growers. He was a Master Madson and enjoyed his family, reading, politics and travel. He maintained lifelong friendships with fellow faculty members, university staff and former students to whom he gave both solicited and unsolicited advice.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Phoebie Jane Goodwin; his four children, all of Fayetteville, Thomas Goodwin; Laura Goodwin and her husband Robert Kohler; Clariss Goodwin; John Ashley Goodwin and his wife Dawn; and four grandchildren, Georgia, Jacob, Olivia and Owen; as well as two brothers, Dan Goodwin and wife Nancy of Stillwater, Oklahoma; and Thomas Goodwin and wife Frankie Mae of Durham, Oklahoma.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Robert L. Goodwin Jr.

A memorial will be held at the Poultry Science Auditorium {A211} in the John W. Tyson Building, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville campus, on Saturday, November 15 from 2:00 - 4:00 pm.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the John W. Goodwin Scholarship fund at Oklahoma Panhandle State University, P.O. Box 430, Goodwell, 73837.

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