I learned over the weekend of the passing of a couple of loyal Baylor Bears: economist, educator and civil servant Dr. Richard Benjamin Goode and philanthropist and champion of education Mildred Cornelius Carlile.
Goode, BA ’37, earned his bachelor’s in economics from Baylor and spent the majority of his career in Washington, D.C., with the U.S. Bureau of Budget, U.S. Treasury Department, International Monetary Fund and the Fiscal Affairs Department. Recognized as an expert in his field, he also served as a consultant to the U.S. Treasury and the United Nations and taught classes at the University of Chicago and Johns Hopkins University. He passed July 18 at age 93.
“[Dr. Goode] once shared with me that his life would’ve looked completely different if he had not had the opportunity to attend Baylor through scholarship support,” said Bill Dube, director of Baylor’s Endowed Scholarship Program. Goode paid that forward in 1999 when he and his wife established the Richard and Liesel Goode Endowed Academic Scholarship Fund at Baylor.
Carlile joined the Baylor family through marriage (her late husband, Quinton, was a 1947 graduate), but she poured her heart into BU and was eventually honored as an Alumna Honoris Causa — the highest distinction awarded by Baylor to individuals who did not graduate from the university. Like the Goodes, she and her husband also established an endowed scholarship fund, the Quinton B. and Mildred C. Carlile Endowed Scholarship Fund, from which Baylor students are already benefitting. She passed Aug. 4 at age 86.
The Carliles’ love of Baylor lives on through their three sons and their wives: Ken (BA ’69, DDS ’73, PhD ’96) and Celia Carlile, Steve (BBA ’73, JD ’75) and Penny (BA ’73) Carlile, and David (BBA ’72, JD ’74) and Susan Carlile. Mildred and Quinton’s desire to share their good fortune was passed on, as well; inspired by their parents’ philanthropy, the three boys were instrumental in the creation of the Quinton and Mildred Carlile Geology Research Center (now the Carlile Geology Building).
Sic ’em, Goode and Carlile families, for your lives of service and your legacy of Baylor pride!