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Dunedin booster, golf historian dies

Published May 10, 2007


DUNEDIN - Don Goodall, who chronicled the history of golf in Dunedin and played a key role in supporting Dunedin High School, died Monday (May 7, 2007) at Mease Dunedin Hospital. He was 89.

Mr. Goodall did not have children attending public school, but was chairman of Dunedin High's School Advisory Committee for several years.

He also served on the city's environmental quality and library advisory committees, and was active in the Historical Society. He was elected to the Dunedin Senior Hall of Fame in 2005.

"He was a busy man, and he was constantly doing things for other people, " said his friend of 25 years, Gus Cooper. "He was just dedicated."

Mr. Goodall was born in Astoria, Ore., and came here in 1982 after working in Washington, D.C., for the government. He lived 20 years in Dunedin and served a term as president of the Dunedin Country Club.

For 15 years Goodall also was the historian for the Dunedin Country Club, the course that was home to the Professional Golfers' Association from 1945 to 1962, and wrote Dubs and Divots, a history of the development of golf in Dunedin.

Mr. Goodall was in the Merchant Marines and a Navy veteran of World War II. He attended two years at Oregon State College and graduated from the University of Southern California.

Before retiring to Dunedin, Mr. Goodall worked as a reporter, and as a chamber of commerce and corporate public relations executive.

In 1957, Mr. Goodall joined the staff of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and represented the group in western Pennsylvania and western New York. In 1959 he was promoted to the chamber's Washington staff.

He was past president of the Business-Government Relations Council, a group of 100 Washington representatives of major corporations.

"What's remarkable is here's a kid from Astoria ... (who) winds up in Washington, " Cooper said.

Survivors include a daughter, Sharon Goodall Persons of Lake City, and two grandsons, Erik S. Brown and Donald A. Huggins. Friends are invited to celebrate Mr. Goodall's life at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Mease Manor Auditorium.

Arrangements will be handled by the Neptune Society.

[Last modified May 9, 2007, 22:25:54]

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