Claire Garber Goodman Fund

The Fund enables students and faculty to gain insight into the ideas, philosophies, and worldviews of other cultures, understand the adaptations of specific communities and populations to their natural and cultural environments, and discover within our species' biological and cultural variety universal dimensions and themes of human existence and evolution.

About Claire Garber Goodman

Claire Garber Goodman was born in Longview, Texas on January 17, 1933. As a child, her family moved to Memphis, Tennessee which was her home until she married Lawrence B. Goodman D'47 in 1957. Mrs. Goodman graduated from the Ten Acre and Dana Hall Schools in Wellesley, Massachusetts and graduated from Connecticut College in 1954.

Mr. and Mrs. Goodman made their home in Rye, New York and were residents of that community at the time of Mrs. Goodman's death in April 1979. Mrs. Goodman is survived by her three children, Laura R., Hampshire College; Frank G, Dartmouth '82; and Emily J., Dartmouth '84.

Claire Goodman received her Master's Degree in Anthropology from New York University in 1978. Her Master's thesis on copper artifacts in the native-American Mississippian period was published in 1983 by the Center for American Archeology with the title "Copper Artifacts in Late Eastern Woodlands Prehistory", edited by Anne-Marie Cantwell. The book is still in print.

During her lifetime, Claire Garber Goodman expressed a wish to make a gift to Dartmouth College which would encourage and assist anthropological research by both students and faculty. Lawrence Goodman '47, her husband, has honored her wish and Dartmouth College by creating the fund which bears her name. Through this fund and the research it supports, we seek to further Claire Goodman's hope that knowledge from cross-cultural inquiry might provide new bases for enhancing prospects for universal human coexistence.

Goodman Symposium 2021

May, 2021 presentations of senior honors theses, senior capstone projects, and independent research projects supported by the Claire Garber Goodman Fund for the Anthropological Study of Human Culture.