Hometown: Lexington, KY (Dudley School)
Playing Height: 6-1
Date of Birth: June 14, 1884
Date of Death: December 11, 1940
Kentucky Career Notes:
Multi-Sport Player [Football]
Obituary - W.I. Goodwin Dies in New York, Lexington Herald (December 12, 1940)
Mr. Goodwin suffered a paralytic stroke two and one-half years ago which necessitated his retirement from the executive vice presidency in charge of sales for the General Foods Corporation.
Born at Somerset Ky., June 14, 1884, he was a son of Mrs. W.J. Goodwin, now of Lexington, and the late W.J. Goodwin, wholesale groceryman and banker.
After spending his early years at Somerset and attending the public schools there, Mr. Goodwin moved with his parents to Lexington in 1900 and enrolled in the old Dudley school. He later became a student at the University of Kentucky where he gained a reputation as an outstanding athlete. Afterwards, he completed his education at the University of Michigan.
Becoming associated with his father in the wholesale grocery firm of Bryan, Goodwin and Hunt, he remained here for 10 years before leaving Lexington in 1914 to take up a position as representative in Greater New York for the Arbuckle Sugar and Coffee Company. In that capacity, Mr. Goodwin served for some time, but eventually resigned to accept the post of sales manager for the Franklin Baker Chocolate and Coconut Company.
With the merger of the Franklin Baker concern and the General Foods Corporation, Mr. Goodwin was made sales manager for the coffee division, and afterwards earned a promotion to executive vice president in charge of sales.
Illness necessitated his withdrawal from active business in 1937, and from that time until his death he was an invalid.
Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Lorena Alexander Goodwin, New York; a son, William I. Goodwin Jr., Lexington; a brother, Joe A. Goodwin, Lexington; a sister, Mrs. Dwight Tenney, Verona, N.Y., and his mother, Mrs. W.J. Goodwin, Lexington.
The body will be brought to Lexington for burial in Lexington cemetery.