Brothers exemplify wise leadership and community service!
Generosity is a way of life for longtime ANHS Life members Irwin and Bob Goodman. Since they established their jewelry business in Madison, Wisconsin in 1938, these two brothers have become so highly regarded for their philanthropic endeavors in their community that July 1 of each year is designated as Irwin A. and Robert D. Goodman Day! What’s more, the 200 block of State Street in Madison was recently renamed “Goodman Plaza” in their honor.
The American Natural Hygiene Society is also a recipient of the Goodmans’ generosity. Each year, they make a substantial contribution at the Century Club Luncheon at the ANHS Annual Conference, and they have made provisions for the Society in their wills.
“We first heard about Natural Hygiene in 1967,” said Irwin. “Since then, Natural Hygiene has become our way of life!”
“Learning about Natural Hygiene has helped us to provide the kind of leadership in our community that we feel can benefit everyone,” said Bob.
The Madison School Community Recreation Department/Goodman-Rotary Senior Program was initiated by the Goodmans. It offers community recreation programs for seniors, as well as educational lectures on fitness and health-related issues such as osteoporosis, nutrition, and arthritis.
They also have established the United Way of Dane County Foundation to benefit programs for children, families, elderly people, abuse victims, and disabled children. “In addition, we hope to set up a Hygienic nutrition program at the University of Wisconsin,” said Irwin.
Bob and Irwin were collegiate athletes and both have been inducted into the Madison Sports Hall of Fame for their accomplishments—Irwin in track and field, and Bob in baseball and softball.
They recently made possible the building of a new women’s softball facility, named the Robert and Irwin Goodman Softball Complex, at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. The stadium is unofficially known as “Goodman Diamond.”
“We honestly enjoy and love people,” said Irwin, “and we are happy to be in a position to help.”
This article appeared in the September/October 1998 issue of Health Science magazine.