SHSMO Remembers: P. Wayne Goode, 1937-2020

Representative P. Wayne Goode (right) stands next to Representative Tom Villa and Senator Harriet Woods at a bill signing by Governor Joseph Teasdale in 1979. [Harriet Woods Papers, S0051]

P. Wayne Goode, 1937-2020

P. Wayne Goode was born in St. Louis, Missouri, on August 20, 1937. Growing up in St. Louis, he attended Normandy public schools. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in banking and finance from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1960. After graduating, Goode joined his family's business, Be-Mac Transport Company, and remained involved in the transportation and shipping industry for over thirty years.

In 1962, Goode won his first election to the Missouri House of Representatives. He was re-elected in subsequent elections until he ran for the Missouri State Senate in 1984. After his move to the Senate in 1985, Goode continued in that chamber until 2005. During his time in the legislature, Goode served on numerous committees, including Education, Urban Affairs, and Appropriations. He is considered by many to be the "Father of UMSL" due to his work in the legislature to aid the University of Missouri in purchasing land necessary for the establishment of the University of Missouri-St. Louis. A statue of Goode is located on the UMSL campus. Goode served on the University of Missouri's Board of Curators from 2009-2014.

P. Wayne Goode passed away on October 4, 2020. For more information on Goode's life and career, see his oral history interview with N. Renae Farris as well as the Wayne Goode Papers (S0891).