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57. John Jeffrey (Jeff) Goodwin (LGB 1968)

Posted By Alumni Office, mardi 4 novembre 2014
Jeff Goodwin1. How long did you spend at Ecolint?
Six years as an Intern, 1961 until graduation in 1967.

2. How did you come to attend Ecolint in the first place?
My father worked for Union Carbide in Sicily, the first of many locations that let him live all over the world for 28 years before he returned to Tennessee, where I was born.

3. Which teacher had the biggest impact on you and how?
Mr. Richard Pierce, English, who made sure that we all understood that we were part of a “Great Moral Universe” and that our actions were important.

4. What was your favourite spot on campus and why?
The “salon” for boarders in the Grand Batiment, where the smell of stale cigarettes and the constant traffic and card games marked my family living room.

5. What was your favourite place in the wider region, and why?
The Old Town, where I could wander aimlessly for hours after sneaking out of the boarding house at night.

6. Describe your life today, where you live and what you do.

I am now retired, living in a small town north of Philadelphia between the Delaware Canal and the Delaware River. My two children (ages 32 and 40), their spouses, and four grandchildren (ages 6 months – 11 years), live nearby where I can see them weekly. I concentrate on two of my great passions – photography and the Labrador Retrievers that I breed and compete – as well as on work with an organisation I love that assists homeless families to survive and become independent.

7. What should be Ecolint's top priority as it approaches its 100th anniversary?
Continue to promote a space where diverse nations and beliefs can learn and ultimately teach others that respect for the innate value of each individual and of life are the essence of morality, as well as the keys for our survival.

8. What "words of wisdom" would you pass on to today's Ecolint students?
You will never find a space like Ecolint again. Enjoy it, learn from it, and make it a part of all that you may do in the future.

9. What has been the biggest impact of your Ecolint education on your life?
I was born in East Tennessee at a time when racial segregation was the law. My parents were leaders in the local civil rights movement, which was a matter of pride, but also something that got me beat up on a regular basis. Ecolint gave me a new home and a new vision for the world that has been central in all that I have done since.

 


 

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