Goodspeed, Manley Judson Jud Goodspeed was born on May 17, 1922 in Warwick, Rhode Island to the late Manley J. and Lanna B. Tate Goodspeed. Jud passed away peacefully on March 10, 2007 at his home in Torrance with his close friend right by his side. He was 84 years old, loosing his life to cancer. He will be dearly missed by his family and his many, many friends, who had the privilege of knowing him. He was a patriotic citizen. He is survived by Jeanne Goodspeed, the mother of his children, Lynne Robin and Diana Gwen Goodspeed and his brother David Goodspeed, his cousins George, Edward and Norwick Goodspeed and numerous nephews and nieces. Preceded in death by his dear son, Mark Judson Goodspeed in January of 1998, following a long struggle with cancer, and also by his sister Georgi G. Gallagher, who passed away in January of this year. Jud went to Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. His attendance was put on hold by world events in 1941. As a member (pilot) of the Navy Air Corps, Jud took off and landed on aircraft carriers. In those days, pilots had to actually lean out and over the sides of their planes in order to see the landing decks below, which leaves very little room for errors! After the war Jud returned to Trinity College and graduated in1948. Jud's Navy training prepared him for the 30-year career and dedicated service as an airline pilot with TWA. Over the years Jud grew along with the industry. He flew the DC-3, Martin 202, Martin 404, DC-4, Constellation, Convair 880, Boeing 707, Lockheed 1011 and finally retired in May of 1982, as airline Captain, flying Boeing 747's internationally. A former flight attendant remembers flying with Captain Goodspeed (which is a great name for an airline pilot). " He epitomized the way a Captain should look and act. She also recalls, that after one "slightly bumpy" landing, Jud came on the intercom and said: "You know, we pilots get paid for each landing, - and I just got paid for three!" After his retirement, Jud relocated to the West Coast, moving to Torrance. He became involved with the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium and the American Cetacean Society, which sponsors the Gray Whale Census & Behavior project. Since 1986 he has contributed more than 15, 000 hours of his time to these two organizations. He is also known as an outstanding photographer, taking breathtaking pictures of nature and capturing activities at special events. He won numerous awards for his great pictures, and he always handed those pictures out freely to those involved. In appreciation for his numerous contributions, Jud was awarded the Aquarium's prestigious "Marji Frank Award" in 2001. There will be a "Celebration of Jud's Life" on April 22, 2007 at 5:00 PM at the Point Vicente Interpretive Center, located at 31501 Palos Verdes Drive West in Rancho Palos Verdes. Those wishing to attend, please contact Joyce Daniels at (310) 377-5824. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to one of the following organizations: American Cetacean Society, Friends of Cabrillo Marine Aquarium or to Los Serenos de Point Vicente.

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  1. Uncle Jud, you will be missed, we love you. When you were still flying with TWA we looked forward to your visits with us, brief as they were. Our short dinner visits or your overnight stays with us are cherishesd memories. We could sit for hours listening to stories of the family and your travels or your life experiences. When we came to visit you, it was one of our favorite vacations. It made us wish we lived closer to you, Aunt Jeanne, Mark, Robin and Gwen. We had such a great time! Enjoy your renunion with Mark, Uncle Jud—a new life for you is just beginning! Memories of you will always linger in our hearts. Love Ed and Linda

  2. Uncle Jud, I am so glad I was able to spend time with you last year. I have great memories of visiting you in Kansas City as a young boy. One memorable weekend, you took my brother Jeff and I to a Royals baseball game one night, and a Chiefs football game the next. Over the years, you have taken such good care of your loved ones, especially your children. You will be greatly missed. Thanks for everything you have done for the Button/Byers family over the years. We love you, Jud. Your great-nephew, Steve.

  3. For me, you are inextricably connected to the ocean and the whales – all wonderful for the soul! I miss you.

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