Earl O. Goodman, 85, spent many years in higher education as dean and professor

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Earl O. Goodman
Earl O. Goodman

Dr. Earl O. Goodman, of Wilmington and formerly of Greenville, died Monday, March 14, 2016, at Davis Health Care after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease.

Earl was born July 3, 1930 in Louisville, Ky., the son of the late Owen and Katherine Poole Goodman. He earned his bachelor’s degree at Baylor University and his doctorate at Columbia University and spent many years in higher education serving as a professor and dean at the University of Connecticut, the University of New Hampshire and Northern Illinois University in the professional area of family therapy. In his spare time and after retirement, he was an avid traveler, gardener, golfer and reader.

Surviving are his wife of 29 years, Marilyn A. Sheerer; a sister, Peggy Carlson; four children, Cathy and David Goodman and Stephannie and Brian Perrin; and six grandchildren, Henry, Adam, Sidney, Clara, Addie and Molly.

A reception will be held to honor his life from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 17,  at Wilmington Funeral Chapel. Please wear casual attire for this celebration.

Memorial contributions may be directed to Davis Health Care, or to the Michael J. Fox Foundation, P.O. Box 5014, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5014. Earl’s wish to donate his brain to the John P. Hussman Institute for Human Genomics at the University of Miami was honored.

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