Terra Cognita

Newsletter of the Society for the History of Discoveries

Page 6

May 2005

In Memoriam: Edward Julius Goodman (1917-2004)

When Edward Goodman died of heart disease at age 87 in Sarasota, FL on April 2, 2004, the Society for the History of Discoveries lost one of its most loyal members. One could always depend on seeing Ed at our annual meetings, and his quiet but jovial personality helped enliven our proceedings.
Ed Goodman was an authority on exploration and discovery in Latin America, and his book, The Explorers of South America (Macmillan, 1972), was a seminal source on the topic. In addition, he published the highly useful The Exploration of South America: An Annotated Bibliography (Garland Publishing, 1983).
He was born in Dubuque, Iowa in 1917. He graduated from Loras College in 1938, and completed his Ph.D. in history at Columbia University in 1951. Before he assumed his long-time teaching position at Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH, he taught at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. In 1965, he spent a year-long sabbatical at the University of Illinois.
In addition to SHD (which he served on Council in 1979-1980), Ed was a member of the Hakluyt Society, the Conference on Latin American History, and the Cincinnati Astronomical Society.
Goodman’s wife, Jeanne, preceded him in death, but he is survived by daughters Patrice Ashworth of Covedale, OH and Karen Elias of Fairfield, OH, and sons Jim Goodman of Chang Mai, Thailand and Steve Goodman of Lima, Peru. Ed had eight grandchildren.
The Society for the History of Discoveries is grateful that Edward Goodman remembered it in his will.
Sanford H. Bederman

In Memoriam: Fabian O’Dea (1918-2004)

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The Society for the History of Discoveries lost one of its generous Contributing Members in the past year. The Hon. Fabian A. O’Dea, Q.C., LLD, was born in St. John’s, Newfoundland on 20 January 1918 and died there on 12 December 2004, aged 86. At the time of his death, he was engaged in the final revisions for his book, Cartographica Terra Nova: Mapping the Island of New-foundland, 1500-1800, which has been accepted for publication by a major Canadian university press.
Building on the foundation laid by such renowned scholars as Henry Harrisse and G.R.F. Porwse, Fabian O’Dea’s work is the first critical study in seventy years of the rich trove of cartographical material that was produced over a period of three hundred years during the European exploration and the early occupation and settlement of the island of Newfoundland. For the earliest period, no other portion of North America was documented as extensively in maps and charts.
Fabian O’Dea was Newfoundland’s Rhodes Scholar in 1939, studied at Christ Church, Oxford, earned a degree in civil law and practiced law in St. John’s Newfoundland from 1949 to 1990. He served as Newfoundland’s third Lieutenant-Governor in 1963-1969.
His unequalled knowledge of the early maps of Newfoundland and his generosity in sharing his information with others will be sorely missed.
Ed Dahl
Gatineau, Quebec

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