Named in his honor, Drexel University’s Goodwin College of Professional Studies extends its sincere thanks for Richard C. Goodwin’s generosity, which resulted in the renovation of the College’s facilities to include state-of-the-art computer labs, as well as labs in support of the Engineering Technology program. This generous gift has enabled Goodwin College to continue to provide to all students practical education in several areas of technology, applied management, and liberal studies.
About Richard C. Goodwin
Born in Philadelphia in 1928, Richard C. Goodwin credits his father Harry for teaching him the values of self-discipline and a solid education. Today, as a builder and philanthropist, he strives to construct a better world, using the values he inherited from his father, along with his compassion and businessman’s knowledge.
With a father in the Navy, Richard was raised in a household on the move. He attended nine different junior and senior high schools. Confronted with anti-Semitism during World War II, Harry changed the family name from Goodstein to Goodwin when Richard and his brothers were still young. While he says he was never taught about charity, Richard learned by example as his family struggled to make ends meet.
Richard worked his way through college, entering Drexel University in 1946 where he studied Commerce and Engineering in a program that integrated the business school with the engineering program. He was one of only three students to graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Commerce and Engineering in 1948.
In 1950, Richard began to apply his education to running a newly formed family business, Goodwin Enterprises, with his father and his brother Buddy. During its first decade, the company constructed single-family homes in Cherry Hill, N.J., and in the early 1960s, they expanded into land development, sewer and water companies, and neighborhood shopping centers. In the 1970s, the company expanded into eastern Pennsylvania and built 600 HUD townhouses and 400 conventional apartments.
Today, Richard resides in Snowmass Village, Colo. He has two sons, one daughter, one step-daughter, and three grandchildren, and has served as the chairman of Mount Laurel, N.J.-based Goodwin Enterprises since his father’s death in 1974. Richard has also served as president of his local and state Home Builder's Associations, and has been vice president of the National Association of Home Builders.
Richard's career is highlighted by the construction of more than 5,000 residential units including Kingston Estates in Cherry Hill, Sherwood Village in Easthampton Township, Haddon Hill Estates in Haddon Township, Whitman Square and Wedgwood in Washington Township, and Ramblewood in Mount Laurel. He has also developed more than 15,000 lots in southern New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania.