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‘He listened to everyone’ - Robert Goodwin, Navy doctor, connected with patients and friends.
Robert Goodwin was excited about moving back to Japan and when Kristen Thorstenson last saw him, she greeted him with “konnichiwa,” the Japanese equivalent of “good afternoon.”
Thorstenson and others recalled their last memories of Goodwin at a memorial service Tuesday at Jackson Park Community Chapel.
Goodwin, 37, was an emergency medical doctor at Naval Hospital Bremerton and was killed June 19 in Eastern Washington when his wife fell asleep at the wheel and the minivan in which he was riding with his family left Interstate 90 and rolled through a fence.
Goodwin’s wife and two sons were injured in the crash and were taken to hospitals in Spokane and Seattle. They have since been released.
“He listened to everyone,” said Lt. Cmdr. Daniel McRae, who worked with Goodwin as a nurse since September. “If you had a thought, he’d be willing to entertain it.”
Goodwin’s brother, Dan Goodwin, said his brother wanted to be a doctor ever since grade school and adopted the nickname, Dr. Bob, early on.
He attended the Naval Academy, graduating in 1995. Six years later, brother Dan Goodwin graduated in the class of 2001 from Annapolis.
He is a lieutenant in the Navy and is stationed in Washington, D.C.
Hearing the words and seeing the support from the community, Navy and civilian, has helped the Goodwins come to terms with the loss of a brother, husband and son.
“Seeing people who worked with him, even on the fringes, is a great testament to the impact Bob had on everyone,” Dan Goodwin said.
Robert Goodwin was scheduled to report for duty aboard the USS Blue Ridge, based out of Yokosuka, Japan. He was to be a senior medical officer, said Naval Hospital Bremerton spokesman Douglas Stutz. He previously served in Japan from 2006 to 2008.
Robert Goodwin will be buried in Portland, Ore, at Willamette National Cemetery with military honors July 8, according to a statement from Naval Hospital Bremerton.