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Margaret Purdum Goddin

February 27, 1928 August 21, 2019
Margaret Purdum Goddin
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Dr. Margaret Purdum Goddin, 91, a resident of Elkins, passed from this life Wednesday, August 21, 2019, at Colonial Place in Elkins and under the care of Mountain Hospice.

She was born Monday, February 27, 1928, in Elkins, a daughter of the late Raymond B. Purdum and Myrtle Matthews Purdum. On June 3, 1950, in Elkins, she married Wilbur L. Goddin who survives. They had celebrated sixty-nine years of marriage.

Also left to cherish her memory are two brothers, Raymond B. Purdum, Jr. and wife Leona of Kingwood, Reginald E. Purdum and wife Lorene of Montrose, sister in law, Anita Goddin of Elkins, and several nieces and nephews and their families.

Preceding her in death besides her parents was one sister, Elizabeth Purdum Vanderels and husband John, and brother in law, William R. Goddin.

Dr. Goddin graduated from Elkins High School. She received her BA from Davis and Elkins College, and an MA and Ed. D. from West Virginia University. Dr. Goddin pursued additional studies at the University of Cambridge, England, and the University of Indiana in Bloomington, IN. During this time she taught at Petersburg High School, Coalton High School, and Elkins High School. In 1964, Dr. Goddin joined the faculty of Davis and Elkins College. Subsequently, as a member of the English and Education departments, she directed the Honors Program and several other significant programs during her years at the college. She also worked with the Randolph County Arts Council in 1973 to establish the first Heritage Arts Workshop.
Dr. Goddin became Associate Professor of English and Education and Chair of the Division of Arts. From 1975-1980 she was Vice President and Dean of the Faculty. During this time the college established the nursing program which is accredited by the National League for Nursing. She co-authored several other grants and proposals including the Kelloge Title III grant which was recognized as the one for a small liberal arts college.
Dr. Goddin traveled to lead her students to study in and use libraries in several other countries and learn from local people. She was known as an outstanding educator.

Dr. Goddin’s request for cremation will be honored and a memorial service will be held at a later date.


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