GORDON GOODFELLOW Obituary (1939 – 2021) – Washington, DC


GOODFELLOW Gordon Parker Goodfellow, Jr. A calm and unpretentious man, Gordon Goodfellow, Jr. suffered a stroke on November 12, 2021 at the age of 82. The day before, he had spent doing what he loved most, having dinner and laughing with his family. Gordon was born on June 30, 1939 in East Orange, New Jersey to Gordon P. Goodfellow, MD and Katherine Inez Goodfellow. After his father’s death, his mother remarried and the family moved to Houston, Texas, where Gordon attended St. John’s Episcopal School from which he graduated in 1957 with a strong interest in science and fluency in German and Russian. He spent many summers at Culver Military Academy where he distinguished himself in various fields including marksmanship, swimming, tennis and sailing. After serving as the official boy of the football team in his freshman year at Georgia Tech (his stepfather’s alma mater), Gordon decided to investigate other college options and requested a application to Princeton, who responded that they did not accept transfer students. Gordon replied that he had not asked to be accepted, only for an application. His perfect score of 1600 on his College Boards encouraged Princeton to give in, accepting him as the only transfer student in the class of 1961. After graduating from Princeton with a degree in physics, he spent four years in the army, where his linguistic gifts were quickly noted. He was sent to Monterey, California Army Language School, where he learned to read, write and speak Mandarin. The remainder of his service was spent in Okinawa, Japan, on the details of the National Security Agency. Returning to the United States, Gordon received a grant from the National Science Foundation to study Hindi at the University of Texas at Austin. He took an elective economics course and found his vocation in this field. While preparing for his doctorate, he also taught graduate economics at the Business School. It was at UT that he met Ruth Elizabeth (Betsy) Maguire in September 1970. She was a newly arrived East Coast refugee, coincidentally born in Orange, New Jersey. A variety of other auspicious personal relationships were later discovered. They married in May 1972 and moved to Washington, DC, where they have lived happily ever after for almost 50 years. For 20 years, Gordon worked as an economist specializing in social security issues in the office of the secretary of the Department of Health, Education and Welfare (now Health and Human Services), then joined Watson Wyatt Worldwide ( now Willis Towers Watson) as a Retirement Program Analyst for Fortune 500 companies, retiring in 2004. Gordon was a bright, complicated guy. An avid reader, he also enjoyed cruising the Magothy River with his 27 foot C & C sailboat, which he did for many years. He was appreciated for his courteous manners by all who knew him and respected for his wide range of knowledge. Preceded in the death of his parents and his sister Nancy, he is survived by his wife Betsy Goodfellow, his two children Parker Goodfellow (Lorena) and Katherine Goodfellow (Erik Gaull), and four grandchildren, Isabella, Valentina and Gordon Parker Goodfellow IV, and Ian Gaull. A service will be held in her honor at 11 a.m. on Saturday, December 11 at the Potomac United Methodist Church. A reception and celebration of life will follow at Lahinch Restaurant in Potomac, Md., Where a jazz trio will perform Gordon’s favorite tracks. A service will be held in her honor at 11 a.m. on Saturday, December 11 at the Potomac United Methodist Church. A reception and celebration of life will follow at Lahinch Restaurant in Potomac, Md., Where a jazz trio will perform Gordon’s favorite tracks.

Posted by The Washington Post on November 28, 2021.


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