He was born in Chicago April 1, 1916, to Clarence and Augusta Goodwin.
Mr. Goodwin was graduated from George Washington University undergraduate school and Harvard University Law School. He practiced law in Washington, D.C.
He enlisted in the Army Air Corps as a pilot flying B25 bombers in the European Theater.
Mr. Goodwin was also an independent consultant for NASA regarding satellite tracking information. He was an early user of computers, before personal computers and laptops existed.
He looked forward to spending his summers on Mackinac Island, at the Goodwin home on the West Bluff. He orchestrated driving the family’s horse van with six horses and family members more than 800 miles to the Island every summer. Mr. Goodwin enjoyed sitting on the veranda at Casa Verano and reading in the sunroom.
His hobbies included astronomy, equestrian fox hunting, downhill skiing, gardening, and cooking. Mr. Goodwin was a farrier, handyman, and caretaker for the Goodwin family household.
He is known on Mackinac Island for blazing horse trails that exist today. In recognition of this, he has a trail on Mackinac Island named after him, “Norton Trail.” He was known to friends for his “Norton rides” and saving a runaway carriage. He loved animals, especially horses and dogs.
Mr. Goodwin is survived by his niece, Lydia Pennock, and his nephews, Bruce and Macdonald Goodwin.
A memorial service will be held at the Goodwin family home, Casa Verano, Sunday, August 19, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.