Before UCI alumnus James T. Goodrich ’74, M.D., ever became a renowned neurosurgeon or a professor at four academic institutions, he was a teenager with a less than stunning 1.42 GPA.
After serving in the Marines during the Vietnam War, Dr. Goodrich attended Orange Coast College, where he happened to listen to a guest lecture by UCI Professor James McGaugh on learning and memory. This lecture – and the man who led it – had a profound influence on Dr. Goodrich.
“Professor McGaugh contributed to my growth and success in so many ways. Because of him, I was able to get into a great medical school and continue a wonderful academic career. His influence is still with me over four decades later,” said Dr. Goodrich.
Dr. Goodrich and his wife, Judy, made a $60,000 gift to the Ayala School of Biological Sciences to create the James Tait Goodrich Award for Excellence in Neurobiology in Honor of James L. McGaugh.