Vanderbilt Register... October 17-13, 1996... from page no.
Dean Goodman remembered for leadership, spirit
In the two years that Madeleine J. Goodman was dean of Vanderbilt's College
of Arts and Science, she brought a rare combination of scientific scholarship
and appreciation of the arts.
Friends and colleagues remembered Goodman, who died Oct. 2 of cancer, as
an energetic leader who in a short time made a lasting mark on the University's
A campus memorial service is planned, but no date has been set.
Chancellor Joe B. Wyatt called Goodman "a talented administrator and
researcher who led the College of Arts and Science with immense energy that
was without equal and with an expansive vision for its future."
He noted, "Madeleine fought the cancer that ultimately took her life
with the same determination and spirit with which she approached her life's
work. Her death leaves a large void in our University community and beyond."
Provost Thomas G. Burish said, "Madeleine Goodman was a gifted individual
with many personal talents richly and warmly shared with her family and
friends. She also brought those same talents to Vanderbilt University, especially
its College of Arts and Science. Although a member of the University community
only a short time, she fully dedicated herself to the work of the University.
She leaves many projects started, too few completed, but a legacy that will
help all of us build upon her good work and continue to move forward."
Goodman, 51, came to Vanderbilt on Aug. 1, 1994, from the University of
Hawaii, where she spent 25 years as an accomplished administrator, professor
and scientific researcher.
Trained as a scientist, she had a lifelong appreciation of the arts. At
Vanderbilt, she was a strong advocate for both disciplines.
Glenn Edwards, director of the W. M. Keck Foundation Free-Electron Laser
Center at Vanderbilt, noted that Goodman chaired the FEL Executive Council,
a campuswide committee that oversees the FEL program at Vanderbilt. "Dean
Goodman's leadership during the past two years carried us through some tough
transitions in the FEL program. Gearing up for medical applications is quite
a challenge. The funding situation with the federal government is tough.
We wouldn't have succeeded without Dean Goodman's leadership, friendship
Marilyn Murphy, associate professor of fine arts, noted Goodman's support
for the department. "I so enjoyed working with the dean. The department
had made great strides with her help and we will really miss her. We had
a real advocate for the arts in Madeleine. I will miss her not only as an
advocate but as a person."
John Wikswo, A.B. Learned Professor of Living State Physics, remembered
Goodman, who also held professorships in biology and anthropology, as both
a friend and a colleague. "I was thrilled when she agreed to come to
Vanderbilt and looked forward to working with her for many years.
"She was gracious and caring and a pleasure to work with. I was always
refreshed by visiting her office, with the Impressionist paintings and flowers
that she enjoyed so much. I already miss our conversations," he said.
Long before she came to Vanderbilt, Goodman had established herself as an
outstanding scholar. She pursued an active program of scientific research
and publication in the areas of human biology and health, notably the causes
and origin of breast cancer and the biology of the human life cycle.
She was the author of two textbooks, eight book chapters and more than 30
scholarly articles and numerous reviews. She delivered more than 50 special
lectures and was the recipient of two National Science Foundation grants.
In bioethical and biophilosophical work, Goodman often collaborated with
her husband, Professor of Philosophy Lenn E. Goodman, who is well known
for his studies of ethics and metaphysics.
As dean, Goodman enhanced the Vanderbilt experience, strengthening pre-health
professions advising, hiring a new director for the African-American Studies
Program and bringing new resources to the residential language halls in
McTyeire International House, to the Language Center and to the Fine Arts
Gallery. She actively supported faculty research - departmental, interdisciplinary
A strong proponent of overseas study, she vigorously promoted many outreach
activities in the local community, including the Meet the Faculty luncheon
series, the Master's of Liberal Arts and Science degree for working adult
students and summer programs for rising high school seniors.
She also was a member of the University/Industrial Subcomm-ittee of the
Tennessee-Israel Cooperation Committee, the national Board of Directors
of Sigma Xi and a number of committees at Vanderbilt. She was a member of
the Tennessee selection committee of the Rhodes Scholarship program. She
recently had joined the Board of Directors of the Nashville Symphony.
Goodman was serving as assistant vice president for Academic Affairs at
Hawaii in 1994 when she was recruited to Vanderbilt to head the College
of Arts and Science.
In an interview with the Vanderbilt Register shortly after her appointment,
she explained her interest in the position. "I am a scientist who has
a good rapport with the arts, humanities and social sciences."
A native of New York City, Goodman began her teaching career as an assistant
professor in general science and women's studies at the University of Hawaii
Goodman was promoted to associate professor in 1980. She received the Chancellor's
Award for Distinctive Merit at Hawaii in 1981-82 and was promoted to full
professor in 1985. She was named assistant vice president for academic affairs
in 1986. She also spent a year serving as interim senior vice president
for academic affairs at the University of Hawaii in 1992-93. During that
time she undertook and implemented an ambitious effort to remedy salary
inequities based on gender and ethnicity. Also while at Hawaii, she devised
and implemented a nationally recognized program of post-tenure review.
Active on behalf of women and minorities, Goodman helped found the Women's
Studies Program at the University of Hawaii in 1978 and served as its director
for seven years. She led the effort to revise the University of Hawaii's
policy and procedures regarding sexual harassment and coordinated the development
of a new activist Affirmative Action Plan for the Manoa campus.
While at Hawaii, she also served as a member of the Disciplinary Board of
the Hawaii Supreme Court, overseeing ethics and professional practice of
the members of the Hawaii Bar. She received the 1993 Woman of Distinction
Award from Soroptimist International in Hawaii and in 1995 received the
University of Hawaii Distinguished Alumni Award.
In addition to her administrative duties, Goodman was a professor in the
College of Natural Sciences as well as serving on the graduate faculty in
biomedical sciences of the University of Hawaii School of Medicine.
Goodman earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in zoology from Barnard College
at Columbia University in 1967 and a Ph.D. in genetics from the John A.
Burns School of Medicine at the University of Hawaii in 1973. She received
a diploma in human biology from Oxford University in 1968. She also served
as a National Institutes of Health pre-doctoral fellow in genetics in the
Department of Pediatrics at UCLA Medical School in 1968-69.
Born Sept. 11, 1945, Goodman attended a Jewish day school in New York. She
read biblical Hebrew, and spoke modern Hebrew and French and was a member
of the Sherith Israel Congregation in Nashville.
Goodman is survived by her husband and two daughters, author Allegra Goodman
and Dr. Paula Fraenkel, both of Cambridge, Mass.; a brother, Bertram Schwarzbach
of Paris, France; and two grandsons, Ezra Karger and Gabriel Karger, both
of Cambridge, Mass.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be made to the Madeleine
Joyce Goodman Fund for the Vanderbilt Arts Center, 201 Alumni Hall, Vanderbilt
University, Nashville, TN 37240.
This document last updated Jan. 20, 1997