Lloyd A. Goggin ’49

Lloyd A. Goggin ’49 died on October 15, 2017, in Oxford, Ohio.

(The following was published in the Journal-News on October 20, 2017:)

Lloyd Albert Goggin passed away on October 15, 2017, in Oxford, Ohio. He was born November 16, 1918, to George and Susan (Lewis) Goggin in Randolph, Maine. Lloyd was the youngest of 15 children. He graduated from Gardiner High School in 1936 and attended Bentley School of Accounting and Finance in Boston, Mass. before entering the US Army Air Corps in 1941. He received the rank of Captain after graduating from Officers’ Candidate School at Duke University. In 1943 he married his high school sweetheart, June Gallant, from Gardiner, Maine. They were married for 74 years. After nearly five years in the military, he was honorably discharged and Lloyd and June returned to the state of Maine. He entered Bowdoin College in 1946 and graduated cum laude with a BA degree in Economics. He later received his MBA from Miami University. He was named Comptroller of Miami University in 1947, Treasurer in 1956 and Vice President for Business Affairs and Treasurer in 1966. He retired in 1982 after 35 years as an administrator at Miami University. On the occasion of his retirement from Miami, Bob White wrote in the Oxford Press, “Although Lloyd Goggin did his undergraduate work at Bowdoin College, he holds a Master’s from Miami, and no alumnus could have served the university with greater dedication or loyalty than has Lloyd Goggin. He has represented the university wisely and well at both the state and federal levels of academic affairs, and ‘what is best for Miami’ has been a guiding concern. A member of the administrative staff since 1947, he saw the professional opportunity here not as a ‘stepping stone,’ but as a continuing and highly personal commitment.” Lloyd’s contributions to Miami and to the Oxford community are distinguished and varied. He selflessly gave his time and expertise to numerous boards and organizations. While at Miami he was a longtime director of the Miami Conservancy District board, an environmental protection and control effort undertaken long before such concerns became popular; a member of the Ohio Student Loan Commission; treasurer of Miami University Pulp and Paper Foundation; and member of the TB advisory Board of Butler County. He also served as chairman of the Council on Business Affairs in the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant colleges, and president of the Central Association of College and University Business Officers. He was chairman of the facilities committee for Butler-Warren County Health Planning Association and served as a member of CORVA, the health planning association of the Central Ohio River Valley. He was a dedicated member and Chairman of the Board of Directors of The McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital; director and past president of the Oxford United Way; a member of the finance committee of the College Entrance Examination Board; and a member of the Ohio Student Loan Commission. In addition, he was a member of the board for the University Regional Broadcasting system, and a member of the Board of Citizens Bank of Hamilton. He was a charter member of the Oxford Chamber of Commerce and the Oxford Rotary Club. In 1975 Lloyd was honored as one of Oxford’s Citizens of the Years and also in 1975 June and Lloyd were named Miami’s Parents of the Year. A year later, Lloyd Goggin received the Miami Alumni Association’s A. K. Morris Award for his distinguished service to the university’s alumni program. He was selected to many honorary societies including Omicron Delta Kappa, Beta Alpha Psi, Beta Gamma Sigma and Phi Kappa Phi. In 2013 Amira Beasley wrote an article for the Miami Student titled “The Man from Maine: Goggin.” She states, “The Goggins, originally from Maine, have called Oxford Home for over sixty-six years. Goggin fondly recalled watching the Miami University student body grow from five to fifteen thousand. Goggin also said he witnessed the formation of Miami’s first hockey team in 1978. He and his family have been fans ever since. There are countless witnesses to Lloyd Goggin’s kind spirit and sharp mind. Most remarkable is his constant humility. When asked what it was like to be an Oxford celebrity, he chuckled, ‘I’m just a hard worker, not a celebrity.'” Miami University named the ice arena in his honor in 1984. In 2006 University President James Garland decided the new facility would continue to carry the Goggin name and legacy. Lloyd Goggin was given the gift of years. He not only worked for thirty-five years, but spent thirty-five more years in active retirement. In those years he and June traveled the world by hosting some of the Miami trips abroad. After selling their home in Shadowy Hills, they invested in a motor home and traveled the United States, often taking children and grandchildren on special trips. Every summer they would point their motor home northeast and begin the trip back to their roots, back to their beloved state of Maine. Lloyd Goggin never forgot where he came from. He was humble and kind and thoughtful and wise. He was a brilliant and gifted administrator who loved Miami University and all those dedicated employees who worked with him. But, above all else, he was a loving, and devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He was an extraordinary man who lived a remarkable life. “To think that in such a place, (he) lived such a life.” He is survived by his wife of seventy-four years, June, Oxford, Ohio; his daughter Pam (Jim) Robinson, Oxford, Ohio; his son Paul (Pat) Goggin, Columbus, Ohio; his daughter Pat (Martin) Robles, Freeport, Maine; his daughter Penny (John) Forker, Columbus, Ohio; his granddaughter Tara (Mike) Jones, Liberty Township, Ohio; his grandson Devon (Deena) Robinson, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania; his grandson Paul Robinson, Chicago, Illinois; his grandson Ted Goggin, Dillon, Colorado; his granddaughter Ginny Goggin, Columbus, Ohio; his granddaughter Molly Forker, Columbus, Ohio; his grandson Jay (Marcy) Forker, Columbus, Ohio; his granddaughter Amanda Robles, San Francisco, California; his great-granddaughter Marin Jones, Liberty Township, Ohio; his great-granddaughter Louisa Robinson, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania; his great-granddaughter Ruby Robinson, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania; his great-granddaughter Avery Jones, Liberty Township, Ohio; and several nieces, nephews and cousins who reside in Maine. The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at the Knolls of Oxford Skilled Nursing Care for the wonderful comfort and care they extended to Lloyd during the many weeks he was a patient there.

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