Ask almost anyone in the Patriot League, Ivy League, or for that matter anyone who has been on the Goodman Campus what they think of Lehigh's facilities and you will hear some rave reviews. Thanks to a visionary gift by Murray H. Goodman in 1983 and several others since, the 550-acre tract of land on the campus in Saucon Valley has developed into one of the premier collegiate sports complexes of its size.
Goodman was a member of the Lehigh basketball team from 1946-48 and to this day remains an ardent fitness enthusiast who is widely known for his support of Lehigh and Lehigh Athletics. "Quite surprised," is how Goodman responded when informed that he was to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. "I never thought I would qualify for such an honor. It was a great personal achievement to have played varsity basketball at the collegiate level and the competitive environment helped with
my success in the business world. The personal friendships are something that will never be forgotten and the loyalty to Lehigh helped me get through the accelerated program in order to gradu-ate in less than four years.''
Frank Majczan '44, a teammate of Goodman's on the Lehigh basketball team commented on Goodman's competitiveness on the court.
"Murray was our big man," Majczan said. "He was a very hard-working player. He was at a disadvan-tage because many of the schools we played had ROTC programs because it was during the war. These guys were older and stronger, but Murray never backed down.
Goodman's generous support of the athletics program helped to create what is now the Goodman Athletic Campus. This picturesque area located in the shadows of South Mountain features the university's Goodman Stadium, Stabler Arena, the Philip Rauch Field House, the Var-sity House, the squash court building, baseball and softball dia-monds, an all-weather track, Lewis Indoor Tennis Center, the outdoor tennis facilities, a lighted practice field, a newly built artificial turf field, one of the top cross country courses in the nation and numerous playing fields for soccer, lacrosse, field
hockey and intramural sports.
The facilities are utilized year round by Lehigh students, faculty, staff and by residents of the Lehigh Valley community. In addition the site has hosted three NCAA Cross Country Championships, three NCAA Women's Lacrosse Championships and several Pennsylvania high school cross country championships. The campus is also used regularly by several Lehigh Valley youth organizations.
In 1988 the campus became home to one of the finest facilities of its size in the country, the 16,000 seat Goodman Stadium which is the site of Lehigh football home games. The stadium has also hosted numerous other events including National Football League scrimmages involving the Philadelphia Eagles, New York Giants, Washington Redskins, New York Jets and Baltimore Ravens; Olympic and World Cup soccer exhibition matches and NCAA Women's Lacrosse Championships.
"The amount of prestige that the Goodman Campus and its facilities brings to the athletics department and to the university as a whole is tremendous," head football coach Kevin Higgins said. "Goodman Stadium and the entire campus is a major focal point of our recruitment process."
In addition to his support of athletics, Goodman also has shown great support for academics. Among other gifts, was the development of the Goodman Center for Real Estate Studies in Lehigh's College of Business and Economics.
Goodman graduated from Bethlehem High School and served in the United States Air Force prior to attending Lehigh. He graduated from Lehigh in 1948 with a bachelor's in business administration. In 1960 he formed the Goodman Company, a commercial and real estate development firm, now headquartered in West Palm Beach, Florida. He earned an honorary degree from the university in 1988.
Goodman is a member of the university's board of trustees and is active in many local and national charities. He and his wife, Joanie, reside in Palm Beach and they have five children.