|Birth: ||Dec. 9, 1909, USA|
|Death: ||May 6, 2003|
Rhode Island, USA
Robert H.I. Goddard, 93; financier, philanthropist, photographer, naturalist
PROVIDENCE -- Robert Hale Ives Goddard, a scion of one of Rhode Island's oldest families and a financier whose family tree includes key figures in the industrial, political and philanthropic history of the state, died yesterday at home.. He was 93.He was the husband of Hope Linton (Drury) Goddard, whom he married in 1937.
Mr. Goddard was the senior partner of Brown & Ives Investment Management,the oldest surviving business partnership in the country, which had its roots in Colonial times.
Born on Dec. 9, 1909, he was a son of the late R.H. Ives and Margaret(Hazard) Goddard. His father and his aunt, the late Madeleine Goddard D'Andigne, donated to Rhode Island the land in Warwick that is now known as
Though his distinguished background could have afforded him a life of leisure, Mr. Goddard devoted much of his time and energy to volunteer pursuits and humanitarian causes, for which he received national recognition, including the 1987 Alexis de Tocqueville Society Award, a National United Way Award for his lifetime of service to the community.
A 1932 graduate of Yale University, Mr. Goddard went on to earn a master's degree in business administration from Harvard University two years later.
His banking affiliations began in the 1930s. He was a trustee of the Providence Institution for Savings from 1939 to 1966. From 1938 to 1982, he was director of the former Rhode Island Hospital Trust Co., where he served on the trust committee for 22 years and the executive committee for 23 years. He also had been managing partner of the Lonsdale Co., in Providence, from 1940 to 1943, and manager of the machinery export department at Anderson,Clayton & Co., in Boston, from 1946 to 1950.
Starting in 1932, he had served as director, treasurer, president, and then chairman of the board of the Warwick Land Co., holding the latter post until his death.
Mr. Goddard also had been a director of the Providence Washington Insurance Co., from 1942 to 1974; the New England Telephone & Telegraph Co., from 1962
to 1978; and Merchants Cold Storage and Warehouse Co. Inc., from 1967 to 1974.
Considered a giant in the state's volunteer community, Mr. Goddard was a member of the board of trustees for Butler Hospital from 1954 to 1979,serving as president for the last eight of those years. The boardroom at Butler has been named the Robert H.I. Goddard Room, in tribute to his many
years of service to the hospital.
He was chairman of the Rhode Island Foundation from 1973 to 1994. A participant in United Fund campaigns for more than 65 years, he had served as the organization's president and, in 1959, as campaign chairman. He also had been a member of the board of Planned Parenthood of Rhode Island in the 1970s, and had served as campaign chairman for the agency in 1971.
A photographer and yachtsman who had a lifelong interest in commercial sailing vessels, he had exhibited his photos at Mystic Seaport, in Connecticut, at the Bath Maritime Museum, in Maine, and elsewhere. His wife recalled yesterday that Mr. Goddard's favorite pasttime was being "on board anything that floated," and that his ideal vacation was at sea.
A conservationist, he had planted and tended to hundreds of white pine trees on family land in the South County area. Family members recall how he would stride through the woods, carrying a ladder, saw and creosote can, to do battle with the white pine borer.
Other civic activities included: president of the Slater Mill board of trustees (1981-1983); president of the Providence Athenaeum (1996-1970);director, Rhode Island Group Health Association (1972-1978); president,Greater Providence YMCA (1967-1969), where he was also a former trustee and member of the board; and member of the executive committee, Arts Rhode Island (1967-1975).
During World War II, Mr. Goddard served as a first lieutenant in the Army Transportation Corps.
Mr. Goddard was a member of St. Stephen's Church, where he had served as a junior warden, senior warden, and chairman of the church's capital-fund drive.
He received an honorary D.H.S. from Providence College in 1968, and an LL.D. from Brown University in 1982. His awards included the Hospital Association of Rhode Island's distinguished Service Award, in 1979; and, along with his wife and children, the National Society of Fund Raising Executives Citation, for dedication and involvement in community service, in 1989.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Margaret H. Goddard Leeson of Narragansett; four sons, Robert Hale Ives Goddard III of Washington, D.C., William H.D. and Thomas P.I. Goddard, both of Providence,
and Moses B.I. Goddard of Tiverton; 10 grandchildren; and 8 great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday at 4 p.m. in St. Stephen's Church, George Street. Burial, at Swan Point Cemetery, will be private.
Robert Hale Ives Goddard (1880 - 1959)
Margaret Hazard Goddard (1886 - 1969)
Hope Drury Goddard (1915 - 2013)*
Robert Hale Ives Goddard (1909 - 2003)
Infant Son Goddard (1919 - 1919)*
Swan Point Cemetery
Rhode Island, USA
Created by: Doris Albro
Record added: Jun 17, 2013
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