Roanoke College dedicates the new Goode-Pasfield Center for Learning & Teaching

Center is named in honor of the late Otto Goode, a well-known Vinton business and civic leader.

SALEM, Va. - On Saturday, March 29, Roanoke College officially dedicated the new Goode-Pasfield Center for Learning and Teaching in the College's Fintel Library. The Goode-Pasfield Center is made possible through a generous gift from David R. and Susan Goode of Norfolk, Virginia. The center is named in honor of Mr. Goode's late father, Otto Goode, and his sister and her husband, Martha Elizabeth Goode Pasfield and Robert Pasfield, who are both graduates of Roanoke College.

The Goode-Pasfield Center serves as a thriving campus resource offering writing support, tutoring and peer mentoring services, and other needed assistance for students. The Goode-Pasfield Center also is a well-equipped resource to enhance faculty members' teaching and pedagogical skills. In addition, part of the Goode-Pasfield Center is open as a 24-hour study lounge for students.

The Goodes established this gift in memory of Otto Goode, a member of Roanoke College's class of 1931. Otto Goode grew up in a small coal-mining town in Wyoming County, West Virginia, and never imagined that he would have the opportunity to attend college. He was a well-known Vinton business and civic leader, who founded the Vinton Dogwood Festival and was one of the original trustees for the Vinton War Memorial. The gift's other honorees, Martha Elizabeth Goode Pasfield, and her husband, Robert Pasfield, met on their first day as Roanoke College students, and they were married just days after they graduated in 1967.

"My father often reflected on the things he had learned at Roanoke College and also on the associations he made with people here," David Goode said at the dedication. Goode added that he was pleased to work with two Roanoke College presidents, Michael C. Maxey and Sabine O'Hara, and to find an opportunity to honor the Goode and Pasfield families. "My parents would be proud," he said.

"Roanoke is very blessed to be connected to this wonderful family," President Maxey said. "Their lives are intertwined with education, and they have honored us by associating their family with Roanoke in this tangible way. It is our blessing to have these names and people as examples to our students and community in this very meaningful way."

David R. Goode retired last year as chairman, president and CEO of Norfolk Southern Corporation. He has held directorships at Caterpillar Inc.; Delta Air Lines, Inc.; Georgia-Pacific Corporation; Norfolk Southern Railway, and Texas Instruments Incorporated. Mr. Goode is a graduate of Duke University and Harvard Law School.

Roanoke College, the country's second oldest Lutheran-related college, is an independent, co-educational, four-year liberal arts college. Roanoke is one of just 276 colleges nationwide with a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation's oldest and most prestigious honor society. The Princeton Review names Roanoke as one of the "best in the Southeast." Roanoke's 2,000 students represent 40 states across the U.S. and 26 foreign countries.

For additional information, call the Roanoke College Public Relations Office at (540) 375-2282.

Released: April 7, 2008
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