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German native to speak to Historical Society

German native Winfried Goethert will present a program, “Coming to America”, to the Woodford County Historical Society on Thursday, Oct. 18.

This program will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Society’s facility, 121 Rose Hill Avenue. Note this meeting will be on the third Thursday, not the Society ‘s normal fourth Thursday of the month. His program will concentrate on the challenges he and his family faced while transiting to America.

Mr. Goethert was living in Berlin with his parents and two siblings when World War II ended. Under the auspices of the U.S. military umbrella, the family was first relocated from Berlin, where Goethert was born, to Landshut, north of Munich, then to Wright Patterson Army Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio. He received an Engineering Physics degree from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and a Master’s Degree in Physics from UT’s Space Institute. He was a Research Engineer for Arnold Engineering Development Center near Tullahoma, Tennessee. A noted scientist, Goethert worked on numerous high security clearance projects before retiring in 2006 with 42 years of service. His late wife was Lucy Gay Donnell, whose family still has roots in Versailles.


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