Retired professor of modern languages emerita passes away at age 80

Kelly Bergh March 25, 2015 0

On March 8, Suzanne Schmitt Goodling, associate professor of modern languages emerita at Elizabethtown College, passed away after battling cancer. She was 80 years old.

Goodling taught in the Modern Languages department at Etown for 35 years before retiring in 1999. Born and educated in Gettysburg, Pa., she attended Valencia, Madrid and Valladolid Universities in Spain to further her knowledge of Spanish.

Goodling spent her time outside of the classroom volunteering for the Lititz Historical Foundation and the Lititz Woman’s Club. She enjoyed singing, actively participating in her church choir and even travelling back to Europe to perform with the Ephrata Cloister Chorus.

Associate Professor of Modern Languages Dr. Kurt Barnada plans to post a notice regarding Goodling’s life and work at the College on the Department of Modern Languages’ homepage soon.

A memorial service will be held for Goodling at 11 a.m. on May 30 at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lititz. More information can be found at


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