Teddy Goodson, a longtime resident of Fairfax Virginia passed away Sunday July 27 in Houston, Texas with her son by her side. She was 83 years old. She was born in Geneva, New York and was the only child of Major General Derrill M. Daniel and Theodora Chase Daniel.|
Teddy graduated from the University of Arizona, and did graduate work at Georgetown University and the University of Michigan. She was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi honorary fraternities, and of the Delta Delta Delta Social Sorority.
She married Allen McLane Goodson May 22, 1954 in Ft. Bragg, North Carolina where her husband was stationed in the 82nd Airborne Division. Allen Goodson was the aide-de-camp to her father, Derrill Daniel during the Korean War. The Goodson's had one child. Teddy was a traditional military wife and Mother for a number of years. Later the Goodson family settled in Fairfax VA.
In 1967 Teddy began her career as a real estate agent. Her work not only included helping people reach the American Dream of home ownership, but she also dedicated her time to the real estate community and the community in which she lived. She was active in the local, state and national Realtor Associations. Teddy served as the Northern Virginia Transportation Alliance for many years. In 1981, Teddy was NVAR Sales Associate of the Year. She was elected NVAR President in 1989, selected as NVAR Realtor® of the Year in 1990, named to NVAR's Hall of Fame in 1993, and tapped as the 2004 NVAR Honorary Life Member.
At the state level, Teddy is a member of the Virginia Association of Realtors® Honor Society and the Hall of Fame. At the national level, Teddy served as a National Association of Realtors® director in 2006, was named Omega Tau Rho honoree and achieved Realtor® Emeritus Status. Teddy received many awards for her contribution to the Real Estate profession, the highest being inducted into the Northern Virginia Association of Realtors Hall of Fame in 2013.
Teddy was born into a lineage of family who gave service to our country and she was passionate about the democratic process and community service. She was considered one of Fairfax City's Outstanding Citizens. She was the founder and first chairman of the Friends of Fairfax City. Active in the political process for many years, Teddy was awarded the Fred Silverthorne Community Service Award in 2011 by the City of Fairfax Democratic Committee, their highest award.
Her husband, retired Brigadier General Allen Goodson predeceased her in January, 2013. She is survived by her son Derrill Goodson, and cousins.
There will be a Memorial gathering and Celebration of Life, August 28, 2014 at the Atrium at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens, 9750 Meadowlark Gardens Court Vienna, Virginia 22182. Mingling begins at 3 PM, comments at 4 PM. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by 19 August 2014.
Teddy's final resting place will be in South Carolina, next to her parents.
In lieu of flowers Teddy requested donations in her name to the National Organization of Women or Amnesty International. Checks will be accepted at the Memorial gathering or you can donate online to:
There is an area on both websites to list Teddy Goodson as the person in which the donation is given.
National Organization of Women –now.org
Published in The Fairfax County Times from Aug. 4 to Sept. 1, 2014