RAYMOND JOHN GOODMAN (Age 99)
It was with great sadness that the AFLSE has learned of the death of one of its own, Raymond John Goodman, a graduate of the London School of Economics and a former AFLSE President. I had the opportunity to meet Ray on several occasions during my tenure as an AFLSE Board member and volunteer. It was an honor to know him and to follow in his footsteps as AFLSE President. His lifelong commitment to the School and its American alumni association was without parallel. Even in his nineties, he continued to serve alumni through his longstanding role chair of the AFLSE’s Investment Committee and gave generously to AFLSE programs and services. We could not have asked for a more principled and caring person to serve as steward of alumni contributions. His professional accomplishments were many and his family equal exemplars of great character and goodwill. I draw your attention below to the obituary posted in the Washington Post.
His family asks that in addition to any memories they wish to share that friends who are interested in making a donation in Ray’s memory, contribute to the AFLSE. To do so, please use the following link or mail your donations, payable to the AFLSE to:
• AFLSE, PO Box 17510, Arlington, VA 22216
(On the AFLSE donation webpage: 1) Click "Add to Cart" and enter the amount of your donation in the "QTY" box. 2) Click the "Recalculate Cart" box to confirm the amount of your donation. 3) If the amount is correct, click "Checkout" to proceed to the checkout/payment page.)
Respectfully and in celebration of the life Ray Goodman,
Thomas E. Kern
Raymond John Goodman passed away peacefully on June 14, 2016, at his home in Washington, D C, surrounded by family. Ray Goodman was born in London, England, on October 26, 1916. After graduating from the London School of Economics, he studied at the Universities of Oslo and Copenhagen. He volunteered for the Royal Navy in 1939, serving first on convoy duty on the North Atlantic. Commissioned as a sub lieutenant, (later promoted to Lt. Commander), he served at the Admiralty and accompanied Churchill to the Atlantic Charter meeting with President Roosevelt. He spent the rest of WWII at Bletchley Park as head of watch in Hut 4, interpreting decoded German naval messages. After the war, he led a policy think tank and was an executive at retailer Marks & Spencer. He moved to Washington in 1956 to join the World Bank, where he served as director of the East Asia and Pacific department and in other senior roles. He retired in 1982 and spent his remaining years in Washington, consulting, managing investments for LSE''s alumni association, playing classical guitar, and writing poetry. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Dorothy Bruchholz Goodman of Minneapolis, MN, founder of the Washington International School; four children, Jeremy Goodman of Princeton, NJ, Harriet Goodman of London, Matthew Goodman of Washington and Sophia Goodman of Bloomington, IN; and nine grandchildren. A memorial service is planned for the fall, but for now the family would welcome additional memories of Ray at: