Dr. Michael Goodin
April 8, 1967 - December 12, 2020
Lexington, Kentucky - Dr. Michael Goodin, beloved father, husband, scientist, artist and professor, passed away suddenly Saturday December 12, 2020. Michael had an intense love of family and is survived by his wife, Angelika, of 21 years, by his daughter Sophia and his son Joshua, his brother, David Goodin and family and aunts Eileen Goodin, Barbara Clarke and Mary Hughes. Dr. Goodin was born in Jamaica April 8, 1967 into a loving and diverse family absorbing much of his love of life, family and experience from the island. In his adolescence he experienced political turmoil in Jamaica and this prompted a move to Canada where he completed high school in Hamilton Ontario and his first degree at Brock University in Saint Catharines, Ontario. He then went on to Penn State University where he earned a PhD in Plant Pathology and then to the University of California at Berkeley for postdoctoral studies. It was at UC Berkeley that he met and married his wife, Angelika Fath. In 2002 he joined the Plant Pathology department at the University of Kentucky and launched a successful academic career. He was an engaging and loved professor who led his students in the Agricultural and Medical Biotechnology Program to embrace both academics and life. Dr. Goodin infused his courses with his varied life experiences and passions for nature, food, music, photography, and human diversity in all its varied experiences, backgrounds and hues. He explored the connections between communities and science through his blog "The Green Orange Cafe". Michael loved people and hosted hundreds of friends old and new in his home for occasions of all sorts. He saw and sought out the best in everyone by reaching them through conversation, coffee, science, food and the arts. Dr. Goodin touched many other friends, students and acquaintances with his passions for life and his exuberant, heartfelt laughter. We all miss you deeply Michael. May you find and rest in peace. A celebration of life will be held for Michael when pandemic conditions permit. Donations to remember and honor Dr. Goodin's life and causes can be made to Doctors Without Borders
or the National Park Foundation.