The Goddard Story

John B. Goddard was a paper boy, Farr's Ice Cream scooper, military officer (3rd Infantry), builder, entreprenuer, banker and developer.

John and Geraldine Goddard

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.

Collage of newspaper clippings

Timeline of Key Events

Date Event
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.