Bryghte Godbold (1914 - 2013)

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GODBOLD, BRYGHTE D. A man of service, Brigadier General Bryghte D. Godbold, USMC (Ret), was born in Coy, Alabama, on July 8, 1914, and died quietly at his home in Dallas, Texas, on October 8, 2013, at the age of 99. Graduating with honors in electrical engineering from Auburn University in 1936, he was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps. Commanding a Defense Battalion on Wake Island in December 1941, he was captured and imprisoned by Japanese forces until September 1945. In 1950, as Assistant Chief of Staff with the 1st Marine Division in Korea, he participated in the planning of the Marine landings at Inchon. Godbold received two Legion of Merit awards and a Prisoner of War Medal for his service in World War II and the Korean War. Commanding the 4th Marine Regt. in Hawaii, Godbold retired from the Marine Corps as a Brigadier General on January 1, 1958. Upon his military retirement he became the assistant chancellor of New York University where he earned a doctorate in higher education. In 1960 the Ford Foundation brought Dr. Godbold to Purdue University to develop an airborne distance education program predating satellites through the use of high altitude TV transmitters mounted in aircraft. Godbold then came to Dallas to serve as Vice President of the Southwest Center for Advanced Studies, the forerunner of The University of Texas at Dallas, including implementation of The Association for Graduate Education and Research (TAGER) closed-circuit television system modeled in part on his work at Purdue. In 1965 Dr. Godbold was asked by Dallas Mayor Erik Jonsson to lead "Goals for Dallas." The Mayor's plan was designed to facilitate the city's recovery from the effects of the Kennedy assassination and to devise a plan for the city's future. Dr. Godbold held the position of Goals Executive Director through 1976. In those years the Goals for Dallas program was instrumental in several major projects and programs, including the construction of DFW International Airport and the new Dallas City Hall, the expansion of a city-wide library system, and planning for a new symphony hall and art museum. In the 1980s Dr. Godbold served on the Board of Directors of the Marine Military Academy in Harlingen, Texas, retiring as board president. Dr. Godbold served in many Dallas civic groups, notably the Lee Park & Arlington Hall Conservancy, Southwest Science Museum, Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, and Dallas YMCA. He also was involved with the Texas Society of Architects and the National Arboretum in Washington, D.C. While involved in community activities, Dr. Godbold never neglected his own backyard vegetable and berry garden. Bryghte Godbold is survived by his wife Patricia Murphy Godbold. Together they enjoyed active worldwide travels and full participation in the Dallas community and sports activities, including tickets to the Maverick, Ranger, and Cowboy games. A memorial service for Dr. Godbold will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, October 11, 2013, in the Saint Michael Chapel at Saint Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church, 8011 Douglas Avenue, in Dallas, The Rev. Greg Pickens officiating. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the .

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Published in Dallas Morning News on Oct. 11, 2013
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