STORRS, CT — The University of Connecticut Foundation announced today that Dorothy C. Goodwin, who died in June 2007 at age 92, bequeathed more than $141,000 toward her alma mater, the University of Connecticut.
During her lifetime, Goodwin generously supported the University of Connecticut and the Connecticut State Museum of Natural History at UConn’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. In a fitting tribute, her unrestricted gift has been used to establish the Dorothy C. Goodwin Fund for Teacher Preparation.
The fund will support museum programs aimed at improving teacher quality that are consistent with the principles of the Teachers for a New Era (TNE) initiative (www.tne.uconn.edu). UConn is one of only 11 colleges and universities nationwide selected as TNE institutions by the program’s lead sponsor, the Carnegie Corporation of New York.
“Both TNE and the museum directly serve the needs of UConn students and the youth of the state of Connecticut. With this new endowment, both programs will have a second layer of impact since they enhance the training and knowledge of the next generation of Connecticut’s teachers,” said Douglas Hamilton, associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and a member of the TNE Leadership Committee.
The Connecticut State Museum of Natural History and the Neag School of Education will collaborate on programs that will expand hands-on training for students.
“The new museum experiences will help on many different levels to make the curriculum align more meaningfully with the real-world classroom and informal science settings that these teachers will eventually find themselves in,” said Leanne Harty, museum director.
The new fund adds to a pair of endowments Goodwin set up during her lifetime at UConn: the Dorothy Goodwin Teaching Innovation Fund and the Professor Dorothy C. Goodwin Teaching Institute Endowment Fund. The endowments reflect Goodwin’s lifelong commitment to public service and education.
Goodwin was born in Hartford in 1914. After graduating from Smith College in 1937, she was stationed in the U.S. and abroad working for various federal agencies, including the Department of Economic Warfare and the U.S. Foreign Agriculture Organization, among others.
After returning to Connecticut, Goodwin earned the first doctorate awarded in agricultural economics at UConn in 1957. She then began a long tenure at UConn as an esteemed professor and assistant provost. She retired in 1965 after 22 years, during which time she published widely on economics and state aid for education.
In 1974, Goodwin returned to public service, winning a seat in the Connecticut House of Representatives. She served five terms and was co-chair of the Education Committee. After retiring in 1984, Goodwin was appointed by the governor to the state Board of Education, where she remained until 1990.
For her many accomplishments, UConn awarded Goodwin an honorary Doctor of Law degree in 1988.
“Dorothy Goodwin had a deep commitment to education,” said Hamilton. “The Teachers for a New Era program that partners the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences with the Neag School of Education to strengthen K–12 teacher preparation is certainly a fitting way of honoring her lifelong engagement with educational issues.”
The University of Connecticut (www.uconn.edu) is the state’s flagship university. Founded in 1881, UConn has 10 schools and colleges at its main campus in Storrs, five regional campuses throughout the state, the Schools of Law and Social Work in Hartford, and the Schools of Medicine and Dental Medicine at the UConn Health Center in Farmington. UConn is an RU/VH (research university/very high research activity) institution, a prestigious designation shared by only the nation’s top higher education institutions. The university has more than 70 research centers where faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates explore everything from improving human health to protecting the country’s natural resources. UConn has been named the number one public university in New England for nine consecutive years by U.S. News & World Report.
The University of Connecticut Foundation, Inc. (www.foundation.uconn.edu), of Storrs, Conn., was founded in 1964. The foundation is a tax-exempt corporation that operates exclusively to promote the educational, scientific, cultural, and recreational objectives of the University of Connecticut. As the primary fundraising vehicle for the university, the foundation’s mission is to solicit, receive, and administer gifts and financial resources from private sources to support UConn’s pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, and public service.