Thomas Goodman

Thomas G Goodman

Friday, April 21st, 1933 - Thursday, October 22nd, 2020
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Thomas G. Goodman, 87, of 2700 Matthew John Drive, died Thursday, October 22 at home. There will be no visitation. The cremains will be interred at Mt. Calvery Cemetery. Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of the arrangements.

He was born April 21, 1933, in Dubuque, the son of Ed and Ann Goodman. He married Geraldine M. Hanten on August 17, 1957, at St. Columbkille Church, Dubuque.
He was Professor Emeritus at Loras College where he was a faculty member for 37 years, retiring in 1995.

Surviving are his wife, Geri; a son, Tom (JoAnn) of Dubuque; three daughters: Teri (Dave) Abbott of St. Paul, MN, and Tori (Dave) Richter and Cathy of Dubuque; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers: Edward J., Oliver R., and J. Donald.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Thomas G. Goodman memorial fund.

"Good-night, sweet prince; And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.” —William Shakespeare, Hamlet
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Deb Felderman

Posted at 01:19pm
Sending our sympathy and prayers for sweet memories. God bless your tears.

Peggy Curran

Posted at 02:34pm
Such a good man who went above and beyond to help my brother Chris after an accident. Professor Goodman made sure Chris had the academic and physical help needed to navigate a challenging freshman year at Loras. My family is forever grateful to him for that. My sincere condolences and prayers to all of his family. Peggy O'Connell Curran

Michele & John Belisle

Posted at 07:58am
Dear Teri & Dave, and all the Goodman Family; please accept our deepest sympathies and know we send our love and prayers.
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Paul Heer

Posted at 10:52pm
Professor Goodman was one of my early mentors at Loras College. During my freshman year (1977-78), I was a student in his introductory literature course, which played a key role in crystalizing my lifelong love of world literature. I will always be immensely grateful to him for fueling my commitment to the liberal arts. Separately, my classmate/friend Tom Kane and I became assistants to Professor Goodman in arranging the audio system support for events on campus--in the Fieldhouse, Rock Bowl, and other venues. I was always surprised and impressed that he combined his classroom persona with his interest in the technical side of such extracurricular activities! In my various interactions with him over the course of my years at Loras, I learned to appreciate Professor Goodman as a dedicated scholar and teacher with a reserved but wonderful sense of humor and wit, who was deeply committed to both Loras College and to his family. My thoughts and prayers go out to Geri, Tom, Terri, Tori, and Cathy and the rest of the family.

Paul Heer
Loras College Class of 1981

Mary Lynn Neuhaus & James Jarrard

Posted at 08:57am
Professor Tom Goodman could have been called Mr Loras for his life and the Goodman Family were intertwined. As a student in the 70s and then later as a fellow professor in Hoffmann Hall, Tom was the walking encyclopedia of all things Loras. His contributions continued after his retirement and through Geri, Tori & Dave volunteering, Cathy teaching communication, and Tom serving as attorney mock trial coach. Jim & I will fondly remember taking ballroom dance lessons at the KC Hall in the 90s with Geri gliding across the floor and Tom making the same valiant effort as the rest of us. We shared many laughs in the Hoffmann Hall 5th floor copy room. You all have our deepest sympathy as you mourn his passing, and our joy as you celebrate his life well lived. We will always remember Tom as a truly good man.

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