At 2946 in 2015, by Lydia
Raymond John Goodman
  • 99 years old
  • Date of birth: Oct 26, 1916
  • Place of birth:
    Highgate, London, United Kingdom
  • Date of passing: Jun 14, 2016
  • Place of passing:
    Washington, District of Columbia, United States
When I recall the tally of my days, almost thirty-five thousand since my birth...

After 99 full and rewarding years, Ray Goodman passed away peacefully on June 14, 2016, at his home in Washington, DC, surrounded by his family.

Born in London, England, on October 26, 1916, Ray was the eldest of three brothers, all born while their father served in the trenches of World War 1. Ray attended University College School and the London School of Economics, taking his degree in 1939 after a year's fellowship at the Universities of Oslo and Copenhagen.

When Britain declared war on Germany in September 1939, Ray volunteered for the Royal Navy, serving his first year on convoy duty on the North Atlantic. Commissioned in 1941 as a sub lieutenant, he served at the Admiralty and accompanied Churchill to the Atlantic Charter meeting with President Roosevelt. He spent the rest of WWII at Bletchley Park, promoted to Lieutenant Commander as head of watch in Hut 4, interpreting decoded German naval messages.

After the war, Ray spent six years as director of Political and Economic Planning (PEP), a policy think tank, and three as a management executive at retailer Marks & Spencer. He moved to Washington in 1956 to join the World Bank, where he served as director of the East Asia and Pacific department and in other senior roles. He retired in 1982 and spent his remaining years in Washington, consulting, managing investments for LSE's alumni association, playing classical guitar, and writing poetry.

Ray is survived by his wife of 63 years, Dorothy Bruchholz Goodman of Minneapolis, founder of the Washington International School; four children, Jeremy Goodman of Princeton, NJ (Maureen Quirk), Harriet Goodman of London (Andrew Nurnberg), Matthew Goodman of Washington (Patty Goodman), and Sophia Goodman of Bloomington, IN (Matthew Christ); and 9 grandchildren (Alexander, Elizabeth, Lucy, Diana, Maggie, Misha, Miranda, Will, and Helen).

Ray's children wish to give special thanks to Ms. Dawa Dolma and Ms. Teresa Momoh for their many years of kindness, caring, and support for our father.

In lieu of sending flowers, friends may make a donation in Ray's memory to the Alumni and Friends of LSE, either online at or by mail to AFLSE, PO Box 17510, Arlington, VA  22216. The AFLSE's tribute to Ray can be found here.

For Ray's full story in his own words, click on 'His Life' on the menu bar above. And please add your own memories: he would have loved to hear them.


Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Lene Christensen on 14th October 2016

""Kan du li' en ostemad?" I will always remember one of Ray's first sentences to me being welcomed to his DC-home as the Danish au pair with Jeremy Goodman's family in July 1991. Though his Copenhagen journey was more than 40 years back at that time, Ray still remembered and was able to pronounce "Do you like bread with cheese?" in Danish. I was fortunate to meet Ray a number of times during my one year stay with Jeremy's lovely family in Princeton. A warm, thoughtful, wise and empathic man - with a ditto wife Dory. I went back to the US a few times and met Ray fx in Carmel. I 1995 I traveled cross the US with a student friend and again Ray and Dory opened their home to me/us. Thank you!"

This tribute was added by Jean Baneth on 31st July 2016

"Only after we had both retired did I learn of Ray's World War doings; but when we worked together (he was my superior, then my colleague) I always thought of him as the personification of the English Officer and Gentleman - cool exterior,  strong will, sang-froid and warm heart. I miss him."

This tribute was added by William Schwitzer on 13th July 2016

"May you rest in peace, Ray.

From William Schwitzer, son of Joan and Mat Schwitzer, dear friends of Ray and Dorothy, who were last together with Ray and Dorothy on the occasion of my parents diamond wedding celebration in Highgate on 24.6.2007.  Joan passed away in September 2009, and Mat in October 2014.

Deepest condolences to Dorothy and all the family from all of us here in Highgate, London."

This tribute was added by Richard Israel on 4th July 2016

""The most elegant man who ever entered my audiology office.  Hollywood actor handsome, and when he spoke, with his British accent, he was a cross between Cary Grant and David Niven...only better.

It has been more than twenty years that he and I became friends in my office.  When ever his name appeared on the schedule, my staff and I were so pleased in anticipation of his arrival.  He was a star.  And now that I have read his "His Life" autobiography, I am in awe of him even more than before.

Retired now more than two years, I include him in my memories of my favorite patients, who I miss a great deal.

My sincerest condolences to all the family.  He was a great man in every respect, and I will miss him,

Richard H. Israel, Ph. D.""

This tribute was added by Pearl Goodman on 23rd June 2016

"Ray was my brother in law and as a girl in the Land Army, I met his brother David a sergeant in the RAF at a Village Hall social and in spite of family differences, always defended by Ray, he offered to be our Best Man. Ray was not only a brilliant man on both sides of the Atlantic but also a writer of political and philosophical prose of great merit.

I hope Ray that you will find your brother David on Hampstead Heath where you spent your boyhood together. Ray,David and their brother Geof were all brilliant men and happily married with wonderful children. My thoughts and those of my family are with you Dorry and your family.
With love from Pearl"

This tribute was added by Benita Alk LUBIC on 22nd June 2016

"Dorothy, how fortunate you have shared 63 years together.  Ray was a great support and encouraged you in your wonderful endeavors. Ray was a most accomplished person and successor in many fields.  He will be missed."

This tribute was added by Lesley Townsend on 21st June 2016

"Rest in peace dear Ray. Truly honoured to have known you.
Condolences to the family. Lesley (Chris's exwife and Michaels Mum)"

This tribute was added by Kathy Strauss on 20th June 2016

"Uncle Ray,
Calm, warm, curious. Swimmer, guitar playing poet. Somewhat exotic to we Californians. Truly a renaissance man.
On reading his obit my only regret is that our son, Ansel, who loves history, particularly learning about WWII, didn't get to hear some of Uncle Ray's stories about code work!
It's wonderful to look through the photos. I cherish the memories. Much love to all the amazing Goodpeople!"

This tribute was added by Matthew Goodman on 18th June 2016

"Three memories of Dad: his remarkable memory for old verse, from Shakespeare sonnets to silly doggerel ("When baby's screams get hard to bear, pop him in the Frigidaire. My wife says, 'Dear, I'm so unhappy; our baby is completely frappé.'"); his determined efforts to play complicated Bach pieces on his guitar well into his 90s; and his evening lectures to school-auction winning bidders about Bletchley, which centered on the technical aspects of the code-breaking rather than what everyone really wanted to hear about, which was the eccentric behavior of the inmates. Requiescat in pace, Dad."

This tribute was added by Julia Goodman on 17th June 2016

"Uncle Ray my fathers brother was the first man, other than my dad, to have a profound impression on me from  a very small child. I used to stay with my grandma Marion in Holland Park in a flat she shared with him. There was a clothes line that separated his part of the flat from hers! I was in awe of him as he was a rather inscrutable man and very good looking! Later in life he became someone who I had a very fond relationship with and I know he made a difference to my life, not least as he lent me a little money when I was starting up my business 25 years ago, without which it might never had got off the ground. He was paid back every penny! I loved to talk to him and share views on life and the world and have always felt very proud to tell my high level clients what an important man he was in world affairs. I am very sad he had gone and feel he is the last of a kind. I send love to all my cousins and to my Aunt Dorrie."

This tribute was added by Assia Brandrup on 16th June 2016

"I remember the lovely and inspiring conversations in 3 Regents Square and the gentle way in which Mr Goodman explained some of the history of our century to our daughters Jamila and Yasmin.
I am sure that he will be greatly missed by his wonderful wife and children and grandchildren and their friends."

This tribute was added by Chris Goodman on 16th June 2016

"My Uncle Ray was a charming man I always had great respect for. I will miss him."

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