Lillian Rachel Goodman, 94, of Shrewsbury, died Jan. 24. She was the lifetime companion of Mary K. Alexander. Born in Hanover, N.H., she was the daughter of late Benjamin “Bennie” and Anna Goodman. She graduated from Lebanon High School and attended the University of Michigan. She earned her nursing diploma from Peter Bent Brigham Hospital School of Nursing and her Bachelor of Science, Masters of Science and Doctorate of Education from Boston University. She began her career with the State of Massachusetts Department of Mental Health Central Office as assistant chief of psychiatric nurses and served as interim dean for the University of Massachusetts School Of Nursing in Amherst. She created the Worcester State College School of Nursing Department, now known as the Lillian R. Goodman Department of Nursing, and served as professor and department chair. She consulted both nationally and internationally and authored several publications in the field of nursing.  She served as dean and professor of the University of Massachusetts Medical School Graduate School of Nursing for several years before retiring in 1999. In addition to her partner, she is survived by a brother, Joseph Goodman and his wife, Patricia, of Nashua, N.H.; several nieces and nephews; and extended family. She was predeceased by her brothers, Samuel, George, Robert, Harry, Harvey, Louis and Richard Goodman; and her sisters, Grace Smith, Mary Pearlstein, Elizabeth Fleischman and Helen Budd. Memorial contributions may be made to the Worcester State Foundation, 486 Chandler St., Worcester, 01602 (note in memo portion of check; Dr. Lillian R. Goodman Fund for Nursing Excellence); or the Greater Worcester Community Foundation (for the Lillian R. Goodman/Mary K. Alexander Fund for Nursing Education and Research), 370 Main St., Suite #650, Worcester, MA 01608.

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