Born in Claremore, Oklahoma on November
21, 1931, Mrs. Della McGraw Goodwin moved to Little
Rock, Arkansas after the death of her father in 1943.
Her mother died in 1940. She graduated from Paul Laurence
Dunbar High School in Little Rock in 1950. She entered
nursing training at Freedmen's Hospital at Howard University
in Washington, D.C. and earned her diploma in nursing
she had been going to Detroit during her summers off
from nursing school to work at such places as Herman
Kiefer Hospital, she decided she would settle there
in 1955. She worked at Detroit Receiving Hospital for
the next six years.
earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree in
1959 and her master's degree in 1962, both from Wayne
State University. Mrs. Goodwin was invited to teach
in the nursing program of Providence Hospital in 1963,
which she did for one year.
she became the director of nursing at Boulevard General
Hospital. She became dean of the nursing program of
Wayne County Community College (WCCC) in 1970.
became president of the Comprehensive Health Planning
Council of Southeastern Michigan, formed by the various
levels of government and the health insurance providers
to study hospital bed and facility usage, and to recommend
and oversee reductions in hospital costs through implementing
hospital closings and reorganization.
as dean of the WCCC nursing program in 1986. Mrs. Goodwin
is a member of Chi Eta Phi and Sigma Theta Tau nursing
sororities, the Detroit District Nurses Association,
and Delta Sigma Theta sorority.
currently on the board of directors of the Southeast
Michigan Chapter of the American Red Cross.