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Joseph P. Goodwin (1952-2015)

Friday, November 20, 2015   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Shannon K. Larson
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Beloved Folklorist Joseph P. Goodwin passed away at his home in Muncie, Indiana, on November 16, 2015. Joseph P. Goodwin earned a BA in English at the University of Alabama and an MA and a PhD in folklore at Indiana University. He was a member of the AFS Executive Board, the board of the National Association for Job-Search Training, the Assembly of the Midwest Association of Colleges and Employers, and the Ball State University Senate. He was editor of the journal of the International Society for Contemporary Legend Research and was Linda Dégh’s graduate assistant, which included being assistant editor of Indiana Folklore. Joe wrote numerous journal articles and encyclopedia entries as well as More Man than You’ll Ever Be: Gay Folklore and Acculturation in Middle America (Indiana University Press, 1989). He was a member of the editorial board of the Qualia Encyclopedia of Gay People and was a manuscript reviewer of books for several presses. Several years ago Qualia honored Polly Stewart and Joe by creating the "PoJo” awards for students’ research on gay folklore. He was cofounder of the AFS LGBTQA Section, for which he served as convenor or co-convenor for many years, and was also a member of the Women’s Folklore Section; the Politics, Folklore, and Social Justice Section; the Independent Folklorists Section; and the Newfolk Section. He was the second male croned by the Women’s Section. He recently retired as assistant director emeritus of the Ball State Career Center after 23 years, during which time he wrote a careers column for the AFS Newsletter.

The Meeks Mortuary and Crematory is in charge of arrangements and online condolences may be sent to the family via their website at

Joe’s obituary was published by The Star Press (Muncie, IN) on Nov. 20, 2015:  

See also the Publore Archives for remembrances from Joe’s friends and colleagues (in particular, see "November 2015, Week 3"): 

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