Jim Goodwill ’71, an oral surgeon at Christiana Care Hospital in Wilmington, Delaware, has made a generous gift to the Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine in the form of a will commitment. The gift, which Dr. Goodwill intends to be used for scholarships, is unrestricted, and can be used at the discretion of the School. “Scholarships in my mind are important,” Dr. Goodwill said. “But I didn’t want to tie anybody’s hands.”
A member of the first class of students to graduate from the then newly merged/ named Case Western Reserve University, Dr. Goodwill believes he is the first Delaware native to graduate from the School, and his gift to the school indicates a preference for scholarship candidates from Delaware candidates when possible.
Since Delaware did not have a dental school, many would-be dentists from his area chose dental schools in Philadelphia. Dr. Goodwill chose to come to Cleveland instead, and he is very glad he did.
"The education I got at Case Western Reserve University was one of my best experiences,” he said. “Because of the philosophy of the school and the quality of the education I received there.”
Dr. Goodwill recalls that on his first day of dental school Dean Paul Boyle addressed the class. “There are 67 students in this class,” Dean Boyle said. “I expect all 67 of you to be here in four years.” These words were reassuring to Dr. Goodwill,
who was hearing from friends at other schools that they were getting the stereotypical ‘Look to your left, look to your right…one of these people will not be here in four years’ speeches. “
After graduation he completed a residency in oral surgery, then joined the practice of which he is now the senior partner. Three decades later, he still loves the work, but he has cut back to three days a week in the office. The other four days he spends at a vacation home in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.
Active in the community, Dr. Goodwill serves on the boards of both the Pennsylvania Ballet (Philadelphia is only 30 miles from Wilmington) and Dance Affiliates, a dance company affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Goodwill believes philanthropy is a responsibility. “It’s important to give with whatever means you have,” he explained.For more information about making a planned gift to Case Western Reserve University, please contact Jonathan Avellone at (216)368-0175.