William Goodwin, 90, radio executive


William H.B. Goodwin, a retired radio executive who fought in the Pacific Theater during World War II, died of heart failure May 26 at Keswick Multi-Care Center. The longtime Elkridge Estates resident was 90.

Mr. Goodwin was born in Baltimore and raised in Guilford. He was a 1935 graduate of Boys' Latin School, where he played varsity lacrosse and football.

He attended the Johns Hopkins University and the University of Florida, and during the late 1930s and early 1940s worked at the Baltimore brokerage W.W. Lanahan & Co. and at Bethlehem Steel Corp.'s Key Highway shipyard.

In 1943, he enlisted in the Marine Corps. He fought in the Solomon Islands and New Guinea campaigns, and was seriously wounded during the invasion of Okinawa. He attained the rank of lance corporal.

Returning to Baltimore, he became a salesman and later general manager at WCAO-AM radio. In the late 1950s, he moved to Jacksonville, Fla., when he became general manager of WJXT-AM.

In 1973, he returned to manage Loyola College's Columbia conference center and later was named postmaster of the college's North Charles Street campus. He retired in 1993.

Mr. Goodwin was an Orioles, Colts and Ravens fan, and liked fishing at Princeton, Maine, family members said.

His wife of 25 years, the former Katherine Kauffman-Boyce, a homemaker, died in 1996.

He was a communicant of the Roman Catholic Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, 5200 N. Charles St., where a memorial Mass will be offered at 10:30 a.m. Monday.

Surviving are two stepsons, Thomas F. Boyce of Guilford and James S. Boyce of Quantico, Va.; and six grandchildren. Two previous marriages ended in divorce.

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