ACADEMICS: William Josiah(Si) Goode
William Josiah Goode,known as Si, was professor emeritus of sociology and former president of the American Sociological Association. He died on May 4, 2003 aged 85. Goode wrote 20 books and was best known for his pioneering 1963 work World Revolution and Family Patterns. The book, which included data from more than 50 countries over a half-century period, analyzed the impact of families on societies.
Goode was born in Houston in 1917. Encouraged by his high school debating coach, future President Lyndon B. Johnson, Goode entered Rice Institute when he was just 16. After being expelled for wearing tennis shorts to class, Goode completed his bachelor's and master's degrees in philosophy at the University of Texas, Austin, in 1938 and 1939. He was studying for his doctorate in sociology at Pennsylvania State University when he enlisted in the Navy as a radarman in 1944.
After World War II, Goode became an assistant professor of sociology at Wayne State University. He moved to Columbia University in 1950 and chaired the sociology department several times during the 1960s and 1970s. During his years at Columbia, Goode was an early supporter of the nascent women's movement and was a mentor to his lifelong friend, Betty Friedan, while she was writing The Feminine Mystique. Unlike many male professors of his generation Goode encouraged and promoted the careers of his female graduate students.