Mills Edwin Godwin, Jr.
Mills Edwin Godwin, Jr.
1950 District Governor; 1952 National President
Born: November 19, 1914
Died: January 30, 1999

RURITAN INVOLVEMENT

Ruritan National

  • Ruritan National President – 1952
    • During his year as President, a new record of expansion was set with 74 new clubs chartered and the second-best membership increase of 2325 in all Ruritan history.
    • Ruritan National Vice President - 1951

Holland District

  • District Governor – 1950
  • Zone Governor

Chuckatuck Club

  • President - 1947
  • Charter Member in September 1938
  • Honorary Member at the time of his passing on January 30, 1999

 

 COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

  • Oakland Christian Church
    • Member and Deacon
  • Member of the Executive Board of the Southern Convention of congregational Christian Churches
  • Board of Trustees of Elon College
  • Member of the Masonic bodies

 

 LEADERSHIP

Professional Experience

  • He had served as a special agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation after receiving his degree.
  • Attorney in private practice in Suffolk
  • Served in the Virginia House of Delegates from 1948-1952
  • Served the Senate from 1952-1962
  • Served as lieutenant governor from 1962-1966
  • Served as Governor of Virginia from 1966-1970 as a Democrat
  • Served as Governor of Virginia from 1974-1978 as a Republican
    • As Governor he was instrumental in developing Virginia’s public resources including the community college system, transportation, parks and mental health facilities.
    • He was called as "Virginia's Education Governor" by Virginia Education Association.

EDUCATION

  • Public Schools of Nansemond County, Virginia
  • College of William & Mary - 1936
  • University of Virginia

 

[Sources:  The Ruritan Saga – A History of the First Fifty Years of Ruritan by Robert H. Bailey, Russell Burgess & H.M. (Kit) Shaver, Jr. © 1983; Wikipedia; Find A Grave Memorial 5667721; The Alumni Gazette for the College of William & Mary Vol. 42 No. 2 August 1974]
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