Notices sorted by graduation date.
Anna Lou Meade Gray (Nurs ’42) of Wells, Maine; Roanoke, Virginia; and Augusta, Georgia, died Dec. 23, 2014. She served as a U.S. Army nurse in England during World War II. While living in Maine, Ms. Gray worked as a medical-surgical unit nurse in a hospital. She moved to Roanoke in the 1970s to care for her sister, her daughter and grandson, and while living there became very involved in the local Baptist church. She continued to care for her grandson after moving to Georgia in 1994. Survivors include two daughters; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews, including Linda Crouch Pearce (Nurs ’65, Educ ’72).
Samuel J. Goldwyn Jr. (Col ’47) of Los Angeles died Jan. 9, 2015. He served in the U.S. Army before working as a theatrical producer in London and for Edward R. Murrow at CBS in New York. A soft-spoken scion of a Hollywood dynasty who became an influential movie executive in his own right, Mr. Goldwyn spent his career supporting promising young directors such as Ang Lee, Anthony Minghella, Kenneth Branagh and others, and advancing the independent film movement. Mr. Goldwyn moved to Hollywood in the 1950s, and over the next two decades delivered films like The Proud Rebel and Cotton Comes to Harlem before beginning his own company to acquire and distribute art films. A ravenous reader with a curious intellect, he founded in 1979 The Samuel Goldwyn Co., an indie operation that helped create a business model based on low production costs and guerilla marketing that allowed art-house movies to grow into a powerful cultural and economic force. As a producer, he was nominated for a best picture Academy Award in 2004 for Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World; his final producing credit, in 2013 for The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, was for a remake of one of his father’s biggest hits. For a time, he owned Landmark, a chain of art theaters. Mr. Goldwyn was a major supporter of the Motion Picture & Television Fund, which provides health services and other support to entertainment industry workers. Survivors include his wife, four sons, two daughters and 10 grandchildren.
William Bell Goddard (Med ’48) of Denver died Dec. 2, 2014. He served in the U.S. Air Force. Dr. Goddard was an obstetrician and gynecologist who, throughout his career as a physician and instructor, trained more than 400 residents and countless medical students to become outstanding physicians and surgeons. He began his teaching career at the State University of Iowa, now the University of Iowa, where he won numerous teaching awards before leaving in 1961 to become director of obstetrics and gynecology at Denver General Hospital, now Denver Health. He joined the University of Colorado clinical faculty in 1963, and soon after joined the private practice of Woodridge Women’s Clinic and the staffs at Metro Denver Hospitals, Beth Israel, Lutheran and St. Anthony’s hospitals. Dr. Goddard was instrumental in promoting the use of laparoscopy, ultrasound and advanced fetal monitoring techniques, and pioneered the use of innovative fertilization methods. Throughout his career, he served on numerous committees, including those of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and was past president of the Central Association of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He also founded, along with a colleague, the Vail Obstetrics and Gynecology Conference. The University of Colorado School of Medicine established the Goddard Endowment Fund in his honor. A great storyteller who loved fast cars and traveled to more than 100 countries in his lifetime, Dr. Goddard enjoyed rattling off “The Song of Hiawatha” for his grandchildren and telling jokes in the operating room. Survivors include three daughters, a son and eight grandchildren.
William Henry Johnson (Col ’48) of Richmond, Virginia, died July 6, 2014. He served in the U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II. At the University, he lived on the Lawn and played in the marching band. Mr. Johnson worked for Life of Virginia Insurance Co. for more than 40 years. A friendly and loving person, he enjoyed reading and spending time with his family. Survivors include many nieces and nephews.