Dr. David Goodchild Obituary

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Dr. David Goodchild, son of Dr. Chauncey George Goodchild and Hazel Fisher Goodchild, peacefully departed this world surrounded by his family in the early morning hours of April 19, 2016.  He is survived by his beloved wife, Judy Goodchild.  He is also survived by their children, Susan Goodchild Lawrence and Dr. David Goodchild, Jr., grandchildren John Michael Alburl, Eric Daniel Alburl, David Callaway Lawrence, Judy Lynn Goodchild and David George Goodchild III, his identical twin brother Dr. James Fisher Goodchild and Kitty, his sister Susan Goodchild Jordan and Harold, nieces and nephews Dr. James Bradley Goodchild, Dr. Karen Goodchild Michelman and Dr. Steve Michelman, Isabella and Theodore, James David Jordan, Catherine Jordan Wood and Dr. Thomas Wood and Thatcher.

Dr. Goodchild (David) was born on October 11, 1939.  David spent his early childhood in Springfield Missouri, enjoying countless humorous and exciting adventures with his identical twin brother Jimmy.  The family spent summers in Woods Hole, Massachusetts while his father conducted experiments at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute as a Marine Biologist and Zoologist.  The family moved to Atlanta in 1954 when David’s father was offered the position of Professor of Biology at Emory University.  Dr. Chauncey Goodchild would ultimately be named chairman of the department and a Howard Chandler professor.

David attended Druid Hills High School in Decatur. He demonstrated an early interest in the sciences by winning the important Science in Action Award, writing on the subject of Thermocouples.  Later in high school, he was president of his senior class and voted Most Likely to Succeed.  It was during this time that David began his lifelong love of hot rods and classic cars.  David, Jimmy and their close friends were veritable mechanics as they spent many days building and tuning cars and motorcycles.   David’s dedication to Druid Hills extended beyond graduation.  He and his reunion committee planned many enjoyable reunions for the class through the years. 

In 1957, David matriculated into Emory University and graduated with a B.S. degree in Biology.  He was inducted into Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.  In 1961 he entered the Emory University School of Dental Medicine.  While working his way through dental school, David was also awarded first place in the student dental clinic and was a member of the Psi Omega fraternity.  He was selected for membership in Omicron Kappa Upsilon Honor Society, Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Society and was President of his dental school class.  Subsequent to his graduation he was asked to join the faculty as an instructor in the Crown and Bridge Department.  In 1966 David was accepted into several orthodontic residencies and he chose to enter the prestigious orthodontic program at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine.  In addition to receiving his certification in orthodontics he also obtained a Master of Science Dental, MSD, writing his thesis on Cephlametric Evaluation and had dental board certification in both Georgia and Pennsylvania. 

Returning to Atlanta in 1969, David and Jimmy established their orthodontic practice in the suburb of Dunwoody.  Their reputation and deep devotion to their patients and the community became almost legendary in their nearly 40 years of practicing orthodontics at the same location.  Because of the extraordinary wit and banter between the identical twins in their open clinic, everyone would agree these were not typical healthcare visits.  The aforementioned was accomplished while they delivered world-class orthodontic care.  (During his practice years, David was also engaged in community activities such as co-chairing the committee to elect Judge John Campbell, multiple local school sponsorships, pro bono orthodontics on mentally handicapped children and he was a long time member of St. Martin’s In the Field Episcopal Church).  Being a strong believer in organized dentistry, David was a lifelong member of many dental organizations including, The American Dental Association, The Georgia Dental Association, The American Association of Orthodontists (future directors committee), The Southern Society of Orthodontists and the Inter-State Dental Study Club.  It is worth noting that David and Jimmy were the only identical twins practicing orthodontics together in the United States, in fact, they were so alike in appearance that they won the 1975 identical twin competition. 

David had many hobbies and interests, including hunting and fishing as well as a thirst for knowledge regarding performance automobiles, classic motorcycles and all forms of military history.  His passion for hunting and fishing took him all around the world.  Notable locales included the United States (countless hunts to more than twenty states and Alaska), Canada (British Columbia, Saskatchewan and the Northwest Territories among others), Mexico, The Arctic Circle, Central America, Costa Rica, Brazil, Argentina, England, Scotland, Spain, Romania, New Zealand, and five safaris to Africa, including trips to Kenya, South Africa, Tanzania and Zimbabwe.  David was so proud of the room in his home that displayed his many trophies from around the world and he loved to recount tales of his hunting adventures to his family and friends.  He received many hunting and shooting awards including the 2004 Crockford Award from Safari Club International, the Atlanta Charity Clays Top Gun Award 1996, Safari Club International Big Buck Contest Winner on multiple occasions, many competitions won as a member of the Georgia Hunt Team, Tournament Winner ASCC 1993, first place 1996 Burnt Pine Sporting Clays Tournament, SCI The African Award 1991.  Due to his stature as a hunter, he was asked to participate in major invitational hunts, including The One Shot Antelope Hunt, The One Box Pheasant Hunt and the Grand National Waferfowl Competition.

It was very important to David to give back to the sport he loved.  He was selected as a member of the Governor’s Wildlife Advisory Council, charged with determining the length of hunting seasons and the number of animals that could be harvested.  He was also a founding director of Safari Club International’s Georgia Chapter.  David served as President of Safari Club International for two terms.  He was featured in many national hunting publications including the cover of Alabama Game and Fish, numerous articles in the Georgia Sportsman and the North American Whitetail Magazine.  His hunting skills are referenced in David Morris’ seminal book Hunting Trophy Whitetails.  David and Jimmy also traveled with Ed Zern, the editor of Field and Stream magazine, to the Arctic Circle to fish for char, grayling and brook trout.  Their time together on this trip became the subject of Zern’s important Field and Stream Story, Go North Young Man.

David and Jimmy retired from their practice of orthodontics in 2006.  David was as active in retirement as he was before.  He managed his Madison, Georgia tree farm while at the same time directing the Godfrey Hunting Club.  David was an expert on game management and in creating the best biological environment for the various types of fish in his lake.  He could often be seen working the land on one of his tractors, pulling whatever implement was needed for the job.  The most pleasurable and significant things that he did during retirement, and before, were with his loving and supporting wife Judy. While as feminine and lady-like as can be, she could hunt and fish and very often joined David in Madison or anywhere else in the country or world that they had the opportunity to go.  In addition to the times with Judy, David highly treasured the many days he spent with friends and family.  As was mentioned previously, he was very much a loving educator who continued in his retirement to teach his grandchildren one important thing after another.

David departed this earth knowing he was deeply loved, hoping he had taught people and shaped lives, and he was dressed for the hunt. A memorial service was held on Saturday, April 23 at 11 a.m. at the Church of the Advent. A.E. Carter Funeral Home had care of arrangements.

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