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Q & A with Bill Goodhew ’61

Kappa Sig Friends Helped Him Make it Through the Grind

In 1995, Bill Goodhew ’61 was inducted into the Georgia Technology Hall of Fame. He’s an engineer, a corporate partner, a husband, a church leader and a friend to many of his Kappa Sig brothers.


This brief Q&A with Bill is part of an ongoing series designed to help us get to know our brothers better. If you know a brother you think would make a good profile subject, please send his name and graduation year, along with your name and grad year to our alumni relations service: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Make sure to mention that it’s for Kappa Sigma, Georgia Tech.

Q: Why did you join the fraternity?
A: Kappa Sigma was like a home away from home.

Q: Tell us about your favorite memory of the fraternity.
A: There are so many memories because my brothers were a wonderful group of guys. I’ve kept up with many of them through all these years.

Q: Did you live in the house? If so, who were your roommates? Tell us about a memorable time with them.
A: Tommy Transou ’58 was my roommate. We were really good friends. We both found Tech to be extremely challenging and helped each other out during many tough times. He has now passed away.

Q: What is your nickname, if applicable, and how did you get it?
A: In college, they called me Billy.

Q: With whom do you still stay in contact? Who would you most like to find?
A: Jim Harden ’60 and I have been good friends for a long time. I also stay in touch with Dave Christian ’60, Geoff Gill ’64, Don House ’63 and Bill Moore ’66. I was just recently looking for Jimmy Edwards ’60. I know he’s an architect in Raleigh, North Carolina but haven’t heard from him in quite a while.

Q: What other activities or organizations were you involved with during your college days?
A: I was involved with the Georgia Tech Engineer, a campus engineering magazine back then. Other than that, the fraternity took up a lot of time.

Q: What kind of influence has the fraternity had on your life since graduation?
A: As the name implies, the fraternity is a fraternal organization and provided a lifetime of friends. At Georgia Tech, if you didn’t join a fraternity or some other organized group, you’d be on your own. We used to say that Tech is kind of a grind. Kappa Sigma provided ready-made friends and many of those friendships have lasted.

Q: Tell us about your family: Have you married? Do you have children?
A: When I ‘got out’ of Tech – people don’t say graduated from Tech – I married Joan who attended Agnes Scott College. Agnes Scott is the nearby woman’s college. At that time Tech only had a few women on campus. We have two children and six grandchildren who live in the Chicago area.

Q: What do you do for a living?
A: I’m a partner at Intelligent Systems, a venture capital firm in Norcross, Georgia.

Q: What affiliations do you currently have and/or public service do you participate in?
A: I’m the senior warden at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church; on the Board of Trustees for the Georgia Tech Alumni Association; and a trustee at Agnes Scott College.

Q: What hobbies do you enjoy?
A: Hiking – all over the world – and photography.

Q: What are your goals for the next few years?
A: I’ll hopefully be able to retire in about a year. Then we’ll do more hiking and photography.

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