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Passed away peacefully on June 14, 2016, at his home in Washington, DC, surrounded by family. Ray Goodman was born in London, England, on October 26, 1916. After graduating from the London School of Economics, he studied at the Universities of Oslo and Copenhagen. He volunteered for the Royal Navy in 1939, serving first on convoy duty on the North Atlantic. Commissioned as a sub lieutenant, (later promoted to Lt. Commander), he served at the Admiralty and accompanied Churchill to the Atlantic Charter meeting with President Roosevelt. He spent the rest of WWII at Bletchley Park as head of watch in Hut 4, interpreting decoded German naval messages. After the war, he led a policy think tank and was an executive at retailer Marks & Spencer. He moved to Washington in 1956 to join the World Bank, where he served as director of the East Asia and Pacific department and in other senior roles. He retired in 1982 and spent his remaining years in Washington, consulting, managing investments for LSE''s alumni association, playing classical guitar, and writing poetry. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Dorothy Bruchholz Goodman of Minneapolis, MN, founder of the Washington International School; four children, Jeremy Goodman of Princeton, NJ, Harriet Goodman of London, Matthew Goodman of Washington and Sophia Goodman of Bloomington, IN; and nine grandchildren. A memorial service is planned for the fall, but for now the family would welcome additional memories of Ray at: http://raymond-john-goodman.forevermissed.com/

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Published in The Washington Post from Jun. 18 to Jun. 20, 2016.
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January 17, 2021
I came across a paper written by a World Bank team in 1986 on behalf of Aruba titled: "The economy of Aruba: Adjusting to changing conditions"
The mission leader was Mr. Raymond J. Goodman.
It turns out this work was written at a very important time in Aruba's history and I would love to learn about the family of Mr. Goodman if he ever mentioned his work on Aruba and perhaps learn more about his work at the World Bank.

I am very grateful for this work that was done long ago, but holds great significance.
Rendell de Kort
June 21, 2016
The summer of 1965,the Goodmans were kind enough to let me and my 3 roommates use their wonderful house while they were on Home Leave from the World Bank. My mates were between houses and I was preparing to go on a 3-yr assignment in Western Africa. He was held in high esteem in the Bank and was a lovely person. Reviewing the many in accomplishments of this couple is impressive. My sincere condolences to Mrs. Goodman and family.
Evalyn Carter
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