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Maurice K. Goddard
Maurice K. Goddard

Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Forests and Waters
1955 – 1970

Secretary of the Department of Environmental Resources (Pennsylvania)
1970 – 1979

Born 1912
Lowell, Massachusetts
Died September 14, 1995
Residence Camp Hill, Pennsylvania

Maurice K. Goddard (1912-1995) was the driving force behind the creation of 45 Pennsylvania state parks during his 24 years as a cabinet officer for six governors of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in the United States. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ...   The Boott Mill complex now converted to a museum. ... September 14 is the 257th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (258th in leap years). ... 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Camp Hill is a borough located in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, southwest of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. ... This is a list of state parks in Pennsylvania. ... A governor or governour (archaic) is a governing official, usually the executive (at least nominally, to different degrees also politically and administratively) of a non-sovereign level of government, ranking under the Head of state; furthermore the title applies to officials with a similar mandate as representatives of a chartered... State nickname: The Keystone State Other U.S. States Capital Harrisburg Largest city Philadelphia Governor Ed Rendell Official languages None Area 119,283 km² (33rd)  - Land 116,074 km²  - Water 3,208 km² (2. ...


Maurice K. Goddard was born in Lowell, Massachusetts. His family moved around during his childhood so that he lived in Kansas and Toronto before finally settling in Portland, Maine. Goddard received a B.S. in Forestry from the University of Maine in 1935. He held a teaching position in forestry at The Mont Alto School of Forestry in Franklin County, Pennsylvania from 1935-1937. He left in 1938 to receive his Masters in Forestry from the University of California at Berkeley. He served under the direct command of General Dwight D. Eisenhower in the United States Army during World War II, reaching the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He was awarded the Legion of Merit and the Bronze Star.   The Boott Mill complex now converted to a museum. ... Official language(s) none Capital Topeka Largest city Wichita Area  Ranked 15th  - Total 82,277 sq mi (213,096 km²)  - Width 211 miles (340 km)  - Length 417 miles (645 km)  - % water 0. ... Motto: Diversity Our Strength Map of Ontario Counties, Toronto being red Area: 641 sq. ... Nickname: The Forest City Country United States State Maine County Cumberland Settled 1632 Incorporated 1786 Mayor Nicholas Mavodones, Jr Area    - City 136. ... A decidous beech forest in Slovenia. ... The University of Maine, established in 1865, is the flagship university of the University of Maine System. ... Penn State Mont Alto is a Satellite Campus of the Pennsylvania State University. ... Franklin County is a county located in the state of Pennsylvania. ... The University of California, Berkeley (also known as Cal, UC Berkeley, UCB, or simply Berkeley) is a prestigious, public, coeducational university situated in the foothills of Berkeley, California to the east of San Francisco Bay, overlooking the Golden Gate and its bridge. ... D. D. Eisenhower during WWII Dwight David Eisenhower (born David Dwight Eisenhower, October 14, 1890 - March 28, 1969), nicknamed Ike, was an American soldier and politician, who served as the thirty-fourth President of the United States (1953-1961). ... The United States Army is one of the armed forces of the United States and has primary responsibility for land-based military operations. ... Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000... In the U.S. Army, Air Force and Marine Corps, a lieutenant colonel is a commissioned officer superior to a major and inferior to a colonel. ... The Legion of Merit is a military decoration of the United States armed forces that is awarded for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services and achievements. ... The Bronze Star Medal is a United States Armed Forces individual military decoration and is the fourth highest award for bravery, heroism or meritorious service. ...


Following his discharge from the Army, Goddard returned to his career in forestry. He accepted a position as the director of forestry at The Mont Alto School of Forestry. From there he served the same position at the Pennsylvania State University in University Park, Pennsylvania. At this time Goddard began to formulate plans for the future of the state parks in Pennsylvania. George M. Leader was elected governor of Pennsylvania in 1954 and sought Goddard's advice about who should lead the Pennsylvania Department of Forests and Waters. After receiving Goddard's advice, Governor Leader instead appointed Goddard as the Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Forests and Waters, a forerunner to the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. The Pennsylvania State University (commonly known as Penn State) is a state-related, land-grant university. ... While most of Pennsylvania State Universitys main campus is located in the borough of State College, Pennsylvania, its post office and postal address was dubbed University Park several decades ago to help differentiate university addresses from those in the town. ... George M. Leader (b. ... Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) This department was established on July 1, 1995. ...


As Secretary, Goddard set out to improve the forest department by eliminating political appointees and increasing the number of college-educated employees. With his new group of employees, Goddard and the Department of Forests and Waters set a goal of establishing a state park within 25 miles (40 km) of every resident of Pennsylvania. He fell short of this goal, but under his leadership the number of state parks in Pennsylvania grew by 45, and there was an increase in size of over 130,000 acres (526 km²). State park is a term used in the United States and in Mexico for an area of land preserved on account of its natural beauty, historic interest, recreation, or other reason, and under the administration of the government of a U.S. state or one of the states of Mexico. ...


Goddard went on to oversee the creation of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources, a combination of several other state departments. Goddard retired in 1979 and remained active in the environmental movement, serving on the boards of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, National Wildlife Federation, Pennsylvania Environmental Council, and Pennsylvania Forestry Association. He died on September 14, 1995 at age 83, from injuries received in a fire at his home in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania. The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF), the United States largest regional conservation organization, is dedicated to the restoration and protection of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributary rivers. ... The National Wildlife Federation is the largest and most prominent American conservation organization, with over 5 million members and supporters in 47 state-affiliated organizations; its annual budget is over $125 million as of 2006. ... September 14 is the 257th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (258th in leap years). ... 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Camp Hill is a borough located in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, southwest of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. ...


Awards and honors

The Bronze Star Medal is a United States Armed Forces individual military decoration and is the fourth highest award for bravery, heroism or meritorious service. ... The Legion of Merit is a military decoration of the United States armed forces that is awarded for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services and achievements. ... The National Wildlife Federation is the largest and most prominent American conservation organization, with over 5 million members and supporters in 47 state-affiliated organizations; its annual budget is over $125 million as of 2006. ... Maurice K. Goddard State Park, located in Northeastern Mercer County, Pennsylvania, encompasses 2,856 acres (12 km²) of natural beauty, wildlife, waterways and public recreational facilities. ... Mercer County is a county located in the state of Pennsylvania. ... The Pennsylvania State University (commonly known as Penn State) is a state-related, land-grant university. ... The University of Maine, established in 1865, is the flagship university of the University of Maine System. ...

References

Persondata
NAME Maurice K. Goddard
ALTERNATIVE NAMES "Doc" Goddard
SHORT DESCRIPTION American conservationist, forester, educator, government official, soldier
DATE OF BIRTH 1912
PLACE OF BIRTH Lowell, Massachusetts (United States)
DATE OF DEATH September 14, 1995
PLACE OF DEATH Camp Hill, Pennsylvania

 
 

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