Vanderbilt Register... October 17-13, 1996... from page no. 1


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 largest school.

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 and support."

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 and inter-college.

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 in 1974.

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