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William Russell Goodge, April 26, 1928 - Feb. 5, 2012, of Columbia

By Jake Kreinberg
February 6, 2012 | 9:56 p.m. CST

William Goodge traveled to the edges of the globe with his wife as he pursued his lifelong passion for birding.

Mr. Goodge of Columbia died Sunday, Feb. 5, 2012. He was 83.


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He was born April 26, 1928, in Seattle to Lyman and Suzanne Goodge.

Mr. Goodge attended the University of Washington, where he earned a bachelor's degree in zoology in 1949. He earneda master's degree from the University of Michigan in 1950 before returning to Washington to obtain a doctorate degree in 1957, both in zoology.

Mr. Goodge served in the U.S. Army Medical Service Corps during the Korean War, stationed in Texas and Germany.

He married Eleanor Boudreau in Seattle in 1957, prior to taking a job at the University of West Virginia, where he taught anatomy for seven years. The couple moved to Columbia in 1964, where Mr. Goodge taught the same discipline until his retirement. 

During his time in Columbia, Mr. Goodge was director of the Gift of Body program, secretary-treasurer of the Missouri State Anatomical Board and a member of the Missouri Bird Records Committee. He also belonged to the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Ornithologists' Union and the Cooper Ornithological Society, and published scientific papers on the American Dipper and woodpeckers.

Growing up, Mr. Goodge traveled frequently to the North Cascades, Cascade Range and Pacific Northwest coast, where he became an Eagle Scout and developed his interest in birding, which carried into his studies. He became an active member in the Audubon Society of Missouri and was an early advocate for the conversion of the MKT rail line to a natural recreation trail between Columbia and McBaine.

Mr. Goodge is survived by a son, John Goodge, and his wife, Vicki Hansen, of Duluth,Minn.; a daughter, Anne, and her husband, Lon Herman, of Granville, Ohio; a sister, Margaret Hart, of Seattle; and four grandchildren.

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