Thomas Goodrich

Posted on 11/11/2015 10:17:44 PM

Condolences to the family of Thomas Goodrich, Emeritus Faculty of History, who passed away on Thursday, November 5, 2015.

tom goodrich(2)Professor Goodrich was a specialist on the history of the Ottoman Empire and the Islamic World. He studied History at Columbia University and his dissertation was a translation of the Tarikh-i Hindi-i Garbi, a book with Ottoman information on the New World that dated to the late 16th century. This research sparked his interest in Ottoman cartography, which became his lifelong scholarly pursuit. An expanded version of his dissertation was later published as The Ottoman Turks and the New World

In 2012, a Festschrift was published in his honor in The Journal of Ottoman Studies, edited by Gottfried Hagen and Baki Tezcan.  The editors spoke about the importance of Professor Goodrich' work, saying that "the study of Ottoman maps, travelogues, and cosmographical works is simply unimaginable without the groundbreaking works of Prof. Goodrich." They also highlighted his extraordinary generosity as a scholar, writing that he had "been most generous to each and all of us, in sharing his knowledge, his insights, and ... materials from his rich collection of texts and manuscripts. In this sense, he has helped to train large parts of the next generation in his field." 

Dr. Goodrich taught History at IUP from 1967 to 1994. While at IUP, he served as Chair of the University Senate and was deeply involved in improving the quality of IUP's library. When he retired, he received the honor of emeritus status.

Dr. Goodrich will be missed by his colleagues and former students.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the Fulbright Association, 1320 19th Street, NW, Suite 350, Washington, D.C. 20036 or the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Gift Fund at the University of Delaware in Wilmington, 2700 Pennsylvania Avenue, Wilmington, DE 19806.