Saturday, October 1, 2011
The Goodwins provided the lead gift of $1 million for the expansion of Titan Field into Goodwin Field, which has allowed Cal State Fullerton to host 10 NCAA Baseball Regional Tournaments since 2000. Prior to that year, Fullerton had to travel for each of its previous 21 regional appearances.
The Goodwins also were big fans of football and Coach Gene Murphy and often traveled with the Titans, another team that saw a lot of airports.
A successful string of automobile dealerships funded the Goodwins’ philanthropy, which materialized in several other areas on campus. In 1988, Jerry initiated the annual Jerry Goodwin CSUF Alumni Association Golf Tournament to benefit student scholarships and alumni programs. The couple also established the Merilyn and Jerry Goodwin Musical Theatre Scholarship. Jerry received an honorary degree from CSUF in 1994.