Goodwin Berquist

Goodwin “Goodie” F. Berquist, Jr., 88, of Prescott, Arizona, passed away on Saturday, February 16, 2019, in Prescott. He was born June 29, 1930 in Rockville Center, NY, the third son of Goodwin Fauntleroy and Millicent Katherine (Gorham) Berquist. Goodie graduated from Hamden High School, Hamden, Connecticut, with honors. He continued his education at Ohio Wesleyan University, in Delaware, Ohio, where he met Nancy Jean Farquharson of Western Springs, Illinois, and married her at a ceremony in her family home on June 13, 1953. They enjoyed ten nieces and nephews but had no children of their own. After earning a Bachelor’s degree in 1952, Goodie went on to earn a Master’s degree in 1954, and a Ph.D. in 1957, both from Pennsylvania State University, State College, Pennsylvania. 

Goodie began his career as a speech communication educator at Penn State University as a Graduate Assistant, from 1954 – 1957, then as an Assistant Professor at Ohio State University, from 1957 – 1960, then as an assistant professor and later as department chair at University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee from 1960 - 1969. After that, Goodie returned to Ohio State University to continue his professorial career from 1969 – 1988. Apart from other travels, the Berquists had the good fortune to live in interesting destinations while Goodie was a visiting professor: first in 1965, at the University of Hawaii; second from 1985 – 1987 at the University of Malaysia; and third from 1989 – 1995 for seven winter sessions at Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire. 

Goodie co-authored a textbook currently in its ninth edition: The Rhetoric of Western Thought:  From the Mediterranean World to the Global Setting. He also authored, co-authored or edited four other books including Byron Kilbourn and the Development of Milwaukee and The New Eden: James Kilbourne and the Development of Ohio. Additionally, Goodie was the recipient of several awards: Essay award, Ohio Bicentennial Commission, 1976; Book award, Ohio Association Museum and History Associations, 1983; and research fellowship, Huntington Library, San Marino, California, 1971. 

The Berquists spent their summers together on Washington Island, Wisconsin, at the northern tip of Door County. They summered 25 years there in a cottage until 1989 when they built a year-round home for their first eleven years of semi-retirement. In 2000, they moved to Prescott, Arizona. Goodie, always interested in local history, was a member of the Washington Island Archives Commission, and later, was a historian and docent at the Smoki Museum in Prescott. Goodie and Nancy chose to fulfill their spiritual needs as members of the Granite Peak Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Prescott. 

Goodie is survived by one brother, Lincoln (Lois), of Wheatridge Colorado, nine nieces and nephews, and numerous great nieces and great nephews. Goodie was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Nancy (2014), his brother Donald, infant twin brother Gorham, infant sister Ruth, two sisters-in-law, two brothers-in-law, one nephew, and one great-grandniece.

A Celebration of Life service in his honor will be held at Granite Peak Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 882 Sunset Ave., Prescott, AZ. at 11:00 am, Friday, March 1, 2019. In lieu of flowers, please send contributions in Goodie’s memory to the Congregation or the Smoki Museum, Prescott, AZ.