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Boyd Goodson ’95

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Boyd attended graduate school at Stanford University. When did you come to Waterford and why did you choose Waterford as your school?
I came to Waterford in the 5th grade (1987). I started at the Sandy campus during the 2nd year it was open. My parents took me to two private schools to chose between. I had a good friend at the other school and before I saw Waterford I really wanted to go to the other school. Once my mom and I visited Waterford, I still wanted to go to school with my friend, but I knew I should go to Waterford. It was just a better fit for my personality. My parents felt the same way. So we gave it a shot.

What has been the most meaningful impact that Waterford has had on you?
This is really interesting because I think the impact that I consider more meaningful has shifted over time. It shifts because at different phases of my life, since I need to draw on different parts of my experience there. That said, I think I can boil it down to two areas: intellectual curiosity and a love of the outdoors. Intellectual curiosity sounds like a pretentious term, and I don’t mean it that way. I mean that I got to try a lot of things at Waterford and I learned a lot of different things. I can still bust out random biology facts from Bromley’s AP Bio class on a daily basis.

What passions did you find at Waterford that you may not have discovered elsewhere (photo, theater, dance, robotics, birding, Shakespeare, ceramics, tennis, outdoor, lacrosse, etc.)?​
I have to admit, I had a love/hate relationship with Waterford. While I was there, I complained about certain aspects, vocally. Any classmates or friends of mine would certainly point that out. However, I could never downplay the cool stuff that I was introduced to while I was a student there. Ski racing and rock climbing were a huge part of my life and I never would have been exposed to those things if it weren’t for Waterford. Spending time in the darkroom after a photography trip to Moab is a great memory that I wouldn’t have it I would have been elsewhere. The older I get, the more I see that the good of Waterford keeps growing and the stuff I complained about keep looking less and less important.

Did you have a favorite teacher or more than one? Why?
I had a few that had large impacts on my life:

Dean Guinn — he was my German teacher and my ski coach. I spent a lot of time with him in class (I was terrible at German. Really terrible), but more time on the slopes or in the green VW “team” van. He dedicated so much time to us as a group that I’ll always appreciate his influence in my life. He was a great man.

Mark Bromley — He was my biology teacher, but taught biology in a way that connected me to a new way to see the world. I still look at the world around me through the lens that Bromley helped me develop. And, I bug my wife by my endless trivia that I still remember from his lectures (most of which I probably remember wrong, but I just state them as fact in the spirit of Cliff Claven).

Robert Ralphs — Ralphs taught classes that I didn’t have much talent in, but he still cared for me as a person and I could sense his genuine interest in what I was doing. He wasn’t afraid to call me out when he knew I could do better and do it in a way that didn’t alienate a teenager. Even if I didn’t read the assigned book, I still loved to listen to his analysis of said book. He put up with a lot. 

There were a lot of others that had an impact — Shaw, Capener, Van Arsdell, etc. I remember my Waterford teachers and what they taught more than I remember professors from Whitman, BYU or Stanford.

Did Waterford prepare you well for college and life beyond?
Yes. Waterford was harder than my freshman year at Whitman College. While classmates were struggling to keep up, I found it a pretty easy transition.

Where did you go to college?
Started at Whitman College, transferred to BYU. Majored in Economics. Graduate school at Stanford.

What was your first job after college?
Joined a small family business with my dad and brothers.

What culminating experience(s) helped you select a career?
My first economics class was pretty eye opening — where have you been my whole life? It took about a week of Econ for me to drop my pre-med track and focus on a career in business.

How has your career evolved?
Pretty organically and usually an adventure. It’s the breadth of experience that I draw on every day. I think some of that comes back to being comfortable trying a bunch of different stuff at Waterford.

Where do you live now?
Encinitas, CA

Words to live by?
Sorry to make this too “yearbook-quote” like, but I’ve always recalled this quote when I’ve been stressed out about something in my life or some choice:

My Life is for itself and not for a spectacle.
What I must do is all that concerns me, not what the people think.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson