2012-03-08 / Obituaries


Dr. D. Wayne Goodman, 66, of College Station, Texas, Robert A. Welch Chair and Distinguished Professor, Department of Chemistry, Texas A&M University, died Feb. 27, 2012 at the Hospice Brazos Valley Inpatient Facility in Bryan, Texas after a long battle with cancer. The family is planning a memorial service to celebrate Dr. Goodman's life to take place at a future date.
Prof. Goodman was a distinguished researcher in the field of surface science and catalysis and was the recipient of numerous professional awards. He was a prolific reader and himself was the author of scientific publications receiving over 23,000 citations, most of those in the last decade.
Dr. Goodman was born Dec. 14, 1945 in Glen Allan, Mississippi, to the Rev. H. Grady Goodman, Jr. and his wife Annie Belle. After living in a number of small towns in the Mississippi Delta, Prof. Goodman graduated from Leland High School in 1964 where he met and married his wife of 44 years, Sandra "Sandy" Hewitt, daughter of William Tell Hewitt Jr. and his wife Bernice, long-time residents of Leland. Dr. Goodman graduated from Mississippi College in 1968 with a B.S. in Chemistry and went on to receive his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry at the University of Texas at Austin in 1974. Prof. Goodman joined the faculty of Texas A&M in 1988 and became a Welch Professor in 1994 and a Welch Chair holder in 1998, and was appointed a Distinguished Professor in 2000. Prior to his 23 years at Texas A&M, Dr. Goodman held positions at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico, from 1980 to 1988 and the National Bureau of Standards (now the National Institute of Standards and Technology) in Germantown, Maryland, from 1976 to 1980.
Prof. Goodman was an avid private pilot and shared a love of aviation with his father and his son, Jac. His family, friends, and colleagues will miss his unique sense of humor and perspectives on the challenges of life.
Survivors include his wife, Sandy Goodman, College Station, Texas; his son, Jac Goodman and son-in-law, Steve Teiler, and grandson, Eitan Teiler Goodman, Washington, D.C.; his father, Grady Goodman, Auburn, (formerly of Jackson, Alabama); his brother, Garon (Sheryl) Goodman and their children, Renee, Traci, and Rusty, all of Lufkin, Texas; and his sister, Marcalyn (Terry) Price and their children, Melanie and Stephanie, Auburn and Trussville.
Prof. Goodman's mother, Annie Belle Goodman formerly of Jackson, preceded him in death.


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