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Corrynne Godwin

As noted in a 1975 Monmouth Message article, “Women in Government,” Corrynne Farrington Godwin had at that time just been appointed to chair the Joint Working Group for the 1976 Combined Federal Campaign for Monmouth County.  Godwin was active at Fort Monmouth and in community affairs for years.

Mrs. Godwin, 1990

Godwin, who was born in Bronx, NY, came to Squier Laboratory in 1942 after graduating from Brooklyn College.  World War II opened opportunities for black women, enabling them to secure positions as engineers, technicians and draftspersons in Army laboratories.  Squier Laboratory, located at Fort Monmouth was the headquarters for Signal Radio Laboratory operations.  During her career, Godwin had taken courses at Pratt Institute and Monmouth College, and had attended the Seminar for Women Executives at Fort Devens, MA.

Godwin was Vice President of Monmouth Council of Girl Scouts, was a member of the Monmouth Park Charity Ball Committee, and was active in assisting the local society for Autistic Children with fund-raising campaigns.  She was a former President of the Molly Pitcher Toastmistress Club, and Vice-President of Federally Employed Women (FEW) Chapter 2.

An obituary notice states that Goodwin was one of the first female engineers at Fort Monmouth, and was one of two Black female engineers to attain the level of senior engineer.  She was the Passive Devices Team Leader in the Components Control Center, Electronic Devices Branch.  Godwin was a member of the Zonta Club of Monmouth County for more than 30 years.  She also had the Corrynne F. Godwin Scholarship named in her honor.  She was also a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha, Lambda Omega Omega Chapter, and a member of the North Jersey Shore Chapter of Continental Societies.

She enjoyed bridge (she was a life-master in the American Contract Bridge League) and travel (she visited .Moscow and Leningrad in 1975).  In 1975, she was a GS-13 Electronics Engineer in the Production Engineering Division.

Mr. and Mrs. Godwin in 2007

Godwin was married to Elmer F. Godwin, who was employed at Fort Monmouth, in the Electronic Technologies and Devices Laboratory (ET&DL).

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