Robert S. Goodman
Class of 1955
Robert Goodman earned his bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Connecticut in 1955. During his UConn days, Mr. Goodman was active in the Tau Epsilon Phi Fraternity and served as an Undergraduate Student Senator. Soon after graduation, Mr. Goodman volunteered for the draft and served in the U.S. Army for two years. Sixteen months of his tour of duty was served in Korea following the armistice there in 1953.
Upon returning home in 1957, Mr. Goodman joined a start-up company, Porcelen Ltd, LLC in Hamden, Connecticut. Porcelen is a privately held company that began as a finishing plant for porcelain enamel products with three employees and a 6,500 square foot facility. In 1971, the year Porcelen achieved its first $1 million in sales, Mr. Goodman became President and Chief Executive Officer—posts that he still holds today. In 1985, Porcelen entered the aluminum ornamental fence and gate business which is marketed under the name of Specrail. The company is now housed in three plants in Hamden totaling 140,000 square feet with 150 full-time employees who manufacture and sell ornamental fencing, deck railings and privacy panels nationwide. During his career, Mr. Goodman has served as the President of the Architectural Spray Coaters Association and as Vice President of the Porcelain Enamel Institute.
Over the years Mr. Goodman has been actively involved in his community. He served as President of B’nai Jacob Synagogue during its 100th anniversary year in 1985, Commissioner of Woodbridge Recreation in the 1980s, President of the Oaklane Country Club and of Camp Laurelwood in the 1970s and President of the Hamden Probus Club in the 1960s. Mr. Goodman is currently serving the New Haven Jewish Federation as chairman of their twenty-six cemeteries.
Mr. Goodman has also been actively involved in supporting the University of Connecticut for many years. He has served as a Director of the UConn Club since 1980 and was President of the organization from 1995 to 1997. Mr. Goodman received the UConn Club’s Outstanding Contribution Award in 2001. He also served on the President’s (UConn) Athletics Advisory Board from 1997 to 2000. In 2005, Mr. Goodman co-chaired the UConn Alumni Association’s Class of 1955 Class Gift Committee.
In 1973 Mr. Goodman, tired of his sedentary lifestyle, began jogging as an outlet. To date, he has logged over 70,000 miles and thirteen marathons with a personal best time of three hours and twelve minutes at age 52.
Mr. Goodman will have been married to his wife, Sue, for 50 years this coming May and they have three children: Donna ’81, Tammy and Scott along with a son-in-law, Rob, and four wonderful grandchildren: Stacey, Lindsey, Elliot and Michael.