William B. Goddard, MD, began his tradition of excellence in teaching and outstanding leadership while at the State University of Iowa. During this time, he was awarded three teaching awards within a two-year span (1957-58), elected Secretary of Iowa’s Ob/Gyn Society, served as a member of the Program Committee and the Scientific Exhibits Committee for ACOG, and attained the rank of Associate Professor.
In 1961, Dr. Goddard was recruited by Denver General Hospital, now Denver Health, as Director of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
He joined the clinical faculty at the University of Colorado in 1963, and in 1966, he joined the well-regarded private practice of
Red Rocks Ob/Gyn. During this time, he was active on the staffs of Beth Israel, Lutheran and St. Anthony’s hospitals. He was instrumental in promoting the adoption of laparoscopy, ultrasound, and advanced fetal monitoring techniques.
Dr. Goddard trained over 400 residents and innumerable medical students over the course of his distinguished career. Whether looming over an OR table or philosophizing over a pint of beer, Dr. Goddard’s greatest specialty was teaching others to become outstanding physicians.
Always a leader, Dr. Goddard served on numerous ACOG committees and was past president of a number of Ob/Gyn organizations including CAOG. He served as an examiner for ABOG and donated numerous hours of committee service to the organization.
Along with Harvey Cohen, MD, Dr. Goddard founded the Vail Obstetrics and Gynecology Conference, originally supported by Beth Israel Hospital. Forty-four years later, the highly successful Vail Obstetrics and Gynecology Conference is offered through the University of Colorado’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, attracting around 150 registrants from across the country.
Dr. Goddard passed away in 2014. The accomplished physician and educator is survived by his 4 children, Susan, Jo Anna, Margaret Rose (Peg Rose), and Norman, 8 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
“A teacher affects eternity;
he can never tell where
his influence stops ”