On Tuesday, August 19, the University of Utah College of Social Work lost a great friend with the death of Wilford W. Goodwill. His vision and support enabled the college to make great strides in research on aging, programs for senior citizens, and training for students who plan to work with older adults.
In 1997, with the goal of improving the health, safety, and quality of life for community-dwelling seniors, Goodwill supported the development of the Neighbors Helping Neighbors (NHN) program at the U’s College of Social Work. Four years later, he established the W.D. Goodwill Initiatives on Aging to support research initiatives in the area of gerontology.
Goodwill and his wife of 67 years, Dorothy, also established the Goodwill Family Foundation, which funds both NHN and the Initiatives, as well as a number of student scholarships for individuals studying issues that affect the elderly.
Most notable was their recent contribution to the U for the construction of the new Wilford W. and Dorothy P. Goodwill Humanitarian Building, to be dedicated September 17, 2008. Featuring a state-of-the-art clinical training center, a community meeting room, and space for the Initiatives and NHN, the building will act as a catalyst for professors and students to develop new and innovative ideas to serve older adults.
Through his generosity and investment in students at the U, Goodwill’s legacy will reach seniors for generations to come.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Wilford W. and Dorothy P. Goodwill Humanitarian Building at the University of Utah College of Social Work (395 South 1500 East, Salt Lake City, UT 84112).