John Erle Goodlad
October 7, 1929 – September 4, 2011
A rare native son, John was born in Los Angeles, California and lived most of his life in Southern California. He graduated from Marshall High School, class of 1947 and the University of California, Los Angeles majoring in Advertising Design, and earned a letter shooting on the Varsity Rifle Team. He served as First Councilor of UCLA’s oldest fraternity, Sigma Pi.
College was interrupted on April Fools’ Day, 1951, when the California Air National Guard was called into active duty during the Korean War. He earned his MBA at Pepperdine University.
John met the love of his life, Nancy Lou Lanzit, on a blind date - they attended a meeting of the Four Cylinder Car Club. Nancy owned a MG TF1500 and John drove the first Corvette in 1954. Love bloomed and they married on July 7, 1956.