Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Dr. Peter Goodwin dies at 83

Dr. Peter Goodwin, champion of the Oregon Death with Dignity Act, died on March 11 at the age of 83. Dr. Goodwin suffered from a rare and fatal brain disorder, and chose to exercise the right he had worked to secure for Oregonians. Originally from South Africa, Dr. Goodwin joined the faculty of University of Oregon Health Sciences Center in 1976. He practiced family medicine at OHSU until his retirement.

Dr. Goodwin was interviewed for the OHSU Oral History Program in 2008 - he spoke about his involvement with the Death with Dignity Act, his outlook on doctor-patient relationships, and the role of family practitioners. The circulating DVD and transcript are available from the main library. Transcripts can also be requested via

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