The Goddard Story
John B. Goddard was a paper boy, Farr's Ice Cream scooper, military officer (3rd Infantry), builder, entreprenuer, banker and developer.
Raised in Ogden, Utah, John B. Goddard returned from World War II to found Western Mortgage Loan Corporation, United Savings Bank and Western Real Estate and Development. As his companies thrived throughout the 1970s John B. Goddard thrived in the community. In 1977, John B. Goddard was asked to lead the University's campaign for a new business school, and in 1983 - the same year he received an honorary degree from Weber State University - he cemented his position as one of the founding members of the business school when he helped dedicate the E.O Wattis Buidling.
He served as a member of the Utah Board of Regents from 1985-97. During that time, he was instrumental in WSU gaining university status. He also served on Weber State's College of Business and Economics advisory council for eight years.
For John B. Goddard, "[f]uture economic growth in this area is dependent on business, and business is dependent on Weber State University[,]" and so, in 1998 John B. Goddard and his wife, Geraldine, established an endowment for Weber State's School of Business & Economics. In appreciation, Weber State named the school after Mr. John B. Goddard.
Timeline of Key Events
|1943||John B. Goddard and Geraldine Wadsworth marry.|
|1951||FHA approves Western Mortgage Loan Corporation to do business.|
|1953||Western Insurance and Investment is formed.|
|1954||Classes begin at new Weber College campus on Harrison Blvd.|
|1958||Grand opening of United Savings and Loan Association.|
|1963-64||Weber State College awards first baccalaureate degrees.|
|1968||United Savings begins branch banking.|
|1970's||Western Mortgage and United Savings expand branches.|
|1977||John B. Goddard heads buildings campaign for Weber State College business school.|
|1980||United Savings & Loan Association and Wester Mortgage Corporation open 54,000 square foot home office at 4185 Harrison.|
|1983||John B. Goddard receives honorary doctorate from Weber State College.|
|1983||E.O. Wattis Business Building dedicated.|
|1984||Approval granted for master's degree in professional accountancy at Weber State College.|
|1985||John B. Goddard appointed to Utah State Board of Regents.|
|1991||Weber State College becomes Weber State University.|
|1997||United Savings Bank merges with Washington Mutual Bank.|
|1997||John B. Goddard School of Business & Economics named.|