Occupation: Sally’s life was devoted to educating elementary schoolchildren with a specializing in reading remediation. She worked in schools in Southern Vermont and Northern Berkshire County in Massachusetts and recently was the Title One coordinator for the North Adams, MA. Public Schools. She was also the founder of The Peter M. Goodrich Memorial Foundation. The Foundation was established after Peter’s tragic death on board the second plane United flight 175, to hit the World Trade Towers on September 11, 2001. Since then the Foundation has worked primarily in the Pashtun provinces of Afghanistan supporting education and addressing the fundamental needs of at risk populations. In the Unites State the Foundation continues to work with private and public secondary schools and colleges to identify educational opportunities for student exchange.
Background: Sally was born in Newton, MA on May 12, 1945, to Peter and Mary Donavan. She attended St. Agnes’ School in Troy, N.Y while lived her early years in Bennington, VT. She was freshman class president at Connecticut College and later, when she and her husband married, they both attended Castleton State College and the University of Vermont, where they graduated in 1967. She went on to achieve master’s degrees in education from Boston University and Simmons College. In 2009, she received an honorary doctorate of humanities from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. A previous Bennington School Board member, she served on the boards of numerous organizations, spoke at commencement ceremonies and in local classrooms. She was honored by a number of organizations and was named ABC News “Person of the Week” for her efforts in Afghanistan. On Saturday, December 18, 2010, Sally Goodrich, 65 passed away at her home in Bennington, VT.
Why Sarah Goodrich is a MAPS hero: Sarah Goodrich was a mother who turned to education against the violent action that happened to her son, Peter. Through the Goodrich Foundation, she funded sustainable farming, health-care initiatives, clean-water projects and other educational opportunities in Afghanistan. Besides all her efforts in Afghanistan, she sponsored 20 Afghans who are currently studying in different schools and colleges around the United States. Above all, Sally was an ordinary lady who throughout her life saw opportunities to do good in the world. She’s a MAPS hero because she took a hold of those opportunities and made a real difference.
Learn More: For more information about Sally Goodrich and her work with The Peter M. Goodrich Foundation, check out the Foundation’s website.