Janet Woodfield

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Name: Janet Woodfield Goodson
AHS Name: Janet Woodfield

After graduation from AHS, I earned a degree in Sociology from Whittier College. A glutton for punishment, I stayed on and earned a Master of Sociology degree, also at Whittier. I then decided to do something fun, so with a girlfriend, I got in shape and went to work for TWA as a hostess.

Within six months, I met my future husband, William Goodson, on a blind date and moved to Boston where I worked as a social worker in an old folks home. Bill and I got married in 1970, and when his internship took us to St. Louis, I decided to get a formal Masters of Social Work at Washington University. He transferred to surgery, and we spent the next four years in Cleveland where I was a school counselor. After another year in Boston, I convinced Bill to come to California.

San Francisco was as close as hed get to LA, and weve been here for 37 years. Bill has been a professor of surgery and has his own practice in breast cancer surgery, and weve had a wonderful family.

Through the 1980s, I worked on child passenger safety education and child safety seat legislation (ever wonder who was behind the law that kids ride in safety seats?)

Since then, Ive been on the board of various non-profit organizations: Volunteers of San Francisco General Hospital, the Mountain Medicine Institute, Institute for Health and Healing, and the founding board of an independent high school, The Bay School.

Weve traveled to all 50 states, Canada, Ecuador, Europe, and Russia (St Petersburg many times for Bills international collaborations). We have especially enjoyed family road trips in the West, the Midwest, and the Northeast.

I have pretty near mastered my iPad. Ive finally found time to read, and I find I enjoy it. And, of course, I love an afternoon spend cooking up some new recipe.

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