William F. Goodling

Mr Goodling Portrait

December 5, 1927 to September 17, 2017

William F. Goodling served 26 years as York County’s Republican congressman where his work revolved around his lifelong interest in education. Prior to Congress, Mr. Goodling was a school teacher, counselor, coach, principal, superintendent of schools, and school board president. Mr. Goodling arrived in Congress in 1974 and in 1994 he became Chair of the House Education and Workforce Committee. In 1988, Even Start, a family literacy program Goodling championed, was signed into law by President Reagan. Goodling's love of literacy continued with the formation of the Goodling Institute for Research in Family Literacy funded by a $6 million endowment from his Congress colleagues upon his retirement. He was chairman of the Board of Advisors of the Institute and he continued to provide insight into the topic of family literacy. He will be greatly missed.


Below are quotes from Goodling Advisory Board Members about Mr. Goodling:

We are deeply saddened to learn of Bill Goodling's passing. His commitment to family literacy is his strong legacy, and one that we continue to foster in the Penn State College of Education through the work of the Goodling Institute for Research in Family Literacy.  He was chairman of the institute's Board of Advisers, and stayed active and involved until the time of his death. He was a good friend of the College, the Institute and those served by the Institute. We will miss him.
Dean David H. Monk, 
College of Education
Penn State University

Representative Goodling was not only the father of Even Start and family literacy funding, he was a strong supporter of NIFL (National Institute for Literacy) and did all he could to help it thrive.
Sondra Stein, Consultant
NCES/AIR PIAAC Outreach Project

What an amazing gift he gave to family literacy!  Representative Goodling had such a vision for understanding what would really make a difference for families. As a reading educator for many years, I really feel that the comprehensive family literacy program made the biggest impact of any educational program for adults and children.
Carol Gabler, Literacy Consultant
Former Executive Director, Literacy Volunteers

The world of literacy benefited enormously from Representative Goodling. The number of families and children who were touched through his efforts is amazing and through them his work will influence generations. I am glad the Institute can continue to be a beacon of light for research, policy, and practice in this field.
Barbara Wasik
William R. Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor in the School of Education
Fellow, Frank Porter Graham (FPG) Child Development Institute
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

We in Los Angeles are so grateful to Mr. Goodling and the Institute. We were given strong principles and best practices from the work of the Goodling Institute for Research in Family Literacy that allowed us to maintain and sustain family literacy services for over 12 years.
Liz Guerra
Los Angeles County Office of Education

We can rejoice and give thanks for the beautiful legacy he leaves behind through his immense contributions to literacy, children, and families.
Nicole H. Robinson, Assistant Director
Community Education, Outreach, and Cultural Initiatives Division
Houston Public Library