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Dorothy Goodwin dies at 92

by Sherry Fisher - June 18, 2007

Dorothy Goodwin, who taught economics at UConn for many years and was a former member of the General Assembly, died June 10 at her home in Bloomfield. She was 92.

Born in Hartford, Goodwin grew up in Connecticut, and graduated magna cum laude from Smith College in 1937.

After graduation, she joined the Bureau of Indian Affairs as an intern, and was then hired by the Department of the Interior. During World War II, she was sent to India as a senior intelligence officer.

After the war, she joined the U.S. Foreign Agriculture Organization and was sent to Japan.

She worked on that nation’s postwar reconstruction from 1947 to 1952.

Goodwin earned a doctoral degree in agricultural economics from UConn in the mid-1950s, and taught economics at the University until 1965.

She was also director of institutional research and assistant provost in charge of university planning.

She published widely, particularly on issues of state taxes and state aid to education.

In 1974, Goodwin, formerly of Mansfield, ran as a Democrat and won the seat as state representative for the 54th District (Storrs and Mansfield).

She served five terms. As chair of the House education committee and then as a member of the State Board of Education, she exemplified her dedication to education.

“The University of Connecticut joins the many friends and admirers of Dorothy Goodwin in mourning the passing of this extraordinary lady,” said University President Philip E. Austin.

“During the 1960s and 1970s, Ms. Goodwin made an invaluable contribution to the University as director of the Bureau of Institutional Research – now the Office of Institutional Research – and as assistant provost for planning,” he added.

“She continued a lifetime of service as a dedicated, farsighted member of the Connecticut General Assembly. She leaves behind a wonderful legacy and will be greatly missed.”

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