ohn and Therese
both agree that their greatest accomplishment has been raising nine children in Park Forest
states: "I believe that the size of our community, its diversity in racial culture and background, and the educational level of our populace helped our children to understand what freedom and equality meant.
Chair of Park Forest's 50th Anniversary celebration is the latest in a long series of volunteer efforts for this energetic, dedicated woman.
"Since the cultural life of our village has always been important to me," Therese was one of the founders of the original Arts Council, edited an arts newsletter, raised funds for Freedom Hall and chaired its first Commission, and is current president of the Art Center.
worked long and hard on the smooth transition for the integration of the schools in Park Forest
, was a village trustee (until 1998, she
and John were the only husband-wife team to serve as trustees), and has been active in the League of Women Voters
as well as her
church for many, many years.
The support the Goodriches received when their daughter Paula died enabled them to "go on and help other parents whose children had died.
Therese served as national director of Compassionate Friends for many years.