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Automotive executive , business educator

Raymond Eugene Goodson, business educator, retired automotive executive. Registered professional engineer, Indiana. Named Distinguished Engineering Alumnus, Duke University, 1984, Purdue University, 1991. Fellow American Society of Mechanical Engineers.


Goodson, Raymond Eugene was born on April 22, 1935 in Canton, North Carolina, United States. Son of Lon R. and Ruby M. (Goodson).


AB, Duke University, 1957. Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, Duke University, 1959. Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University, 1961.

Doctor of Philosophy, Purdue University, 1963.


Member faculty Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, 1963-1981. Chief scientist United States Department Transportation, Washington, 1973-1975. Director Interdisciplinary Institute, Purdue University, 1975-1980, associate dean research, 1980-1981.

Chairman board, Chief Executive Officer GLN, Inc., West Lafayette, 1971-1981. Vice president, general manager Hoover Universal, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1981-1985. Group vice president Automotive Systems Group Johnson Controls, Inc., Milwaukee, 1985-1990.

Chairman board, Chief Executive Officer, Oshkosh (Wisconsin) Truck Corporation, 1990-1997. Adjunct professor Michigan Business School, Ann Arbor, 1998. Chief Executive Officer, president Williams Controls, Portland, Oregon, 2002, chairman.

Chief Executive Officer, president Southwall Technologies, since 2006. Board directors American Industrial Partners, San Francisco. Chairman Commonwealth of Independent States Corporation, Dallas.


  • Registered professional engineer, Indiana.


  • Other Work

    • Patentee in field. Contbr articles to technical journals.


Fellow American Society of Mechanical Engineers.


Married Susie Elisabeth Tweed, August 10, 1957. Children: Kathryn, Kenneth.

Lon R. Goodson

Ruby M. (Goodson)

Susie Elisabeth Tweed

Kathryn Goodson

Kenneth Goodson