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About Dorothy Goodwin


Dorothy Goodwin

Dorothy Goodwin's legacy lives on at the University of Hartford thanks to her generous bequests totaling more than half-a-million dollars. Goodwin, a popular state legislator who was known for her deep commitment to education, was a life regent of the University of Hartford, a longtime trustee of Hartford College for Women, and a life member of the University of Hartford's Mortensen Library Board of Visitors.
A portion of Goodwin's bequest helped to create the Dorothy Goodwin Café in Mortensen Library. The grand opening of the Starbuck's at the Goodwin Café was held on Friday, May 9, 2008. "Dorothy Godwin was a model leader and citizen of Connecticut." said University of Hartford President Walter Harrison. "Dorothy's faith in the future will forever be entwined with the University of Hartford's mission of educating women leaders for tomorrow."

Dorothy Goodwin grew up in Hartford. She became a political leader in 1975 when she was elected to the state legislature, representing Connecticut's 54th Assembly District. As chair of the House Education Committee, Goodwin helped redesign the state's school funding formula to give every town a grant commensurate with its need.