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The Late Enoch Goodman Honored at Catawba College

October 19, 2006

Category: Alumni, Events


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Dinner Honoring Enoch Goodman
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Catawba College trustees, administrators, gathered with family and friends of the late Enoch Goodman Monday, October 16, to pay tribute to the man who served for more than 50 years on the board of trustees and who through his many financial contributions to the college earned the distinction of being the most generous alumni donor in its history.

A portrait of the late Salisbury businessman and 1938 Catawba College alumnus was unveiled following a dinner held in the lobby of Abernethy Physical Education Center on campus. A resolution of respect, adopted by Goodman's fellow trustees at their morning meeting, was read aloud by College President Robert Knott and also presented to Goodman's family.

Goodman, who died on December 28, 2005, was a Salisbury native, an outstanding scholar-athlete at Catawba College, and a partner in B.V. Hedrick Gravel and Sand, Co. He was also engaged in many civic activities. He served on the Security Bank Board, on the Board of Trustees for the Rowan Memorial Hospital, as chairman of the building committee for Knox Junior High School, and as a member of the Salisbury City School Board. He was tapped for service by the Catawba Board of Trustees in 1954 and served in that capacity until his death.

As a Catawba trustee, Goodman helped spearhead the construction of six major buildings on campus, including the physical education center which contains the Goodman Gymnasium, a gift from him and his first wife, the late Dorothy Hedrick. He consistently gave of his time and financial resources to establish scholarships and to support the institution's annual funds and various capital campaigns.

According to Knott, Goodman's interests in his alma mater were varied and matched the pace of the times. He made donations to improve the on-campus computer system, to enhance security and safety for college community members, to improve Keppel Auditorium, and to air-condition the offices in the physical education center. In recent years, his substantial contributions also supported the Shuford Stadium construction, where the Goodman Deck is named for him, and to the institution's Hayes Field House, where the Goodman Lobby bears his name. Catawba's School of Physical Education and Athletics is also named for Goodman and his first wife, Dorothy Hedrick Goodman.

Knott noted that trustees honored Goodman "as an outstanding servant leader, as a generous benefactor, and as a man who lived long, well, and honorably, and gave selflessly of his time and resources."  He said that with Goodman's death trustees "both collectively and individually, suffered the loss of a good friend and a much respected partner in the ongoing service of Catawba College."

Goodman is survived by wife Lois Busby Goodman; children, Michael Alvin Goodman, Jeffrey Vance Goodman, and Dorothy Gail Settle, grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews, and other extended family members.

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