Burton L. Goddard, 97

July 25, 2007

JULY 4, 1910-JULY 22, 2007

NEW OXFORD, Pa. - Rev. Dr. Burton L. Goddard, 97, a resident of the Brethren Home, New Oxford, and formerly of Quincy Village, Quincy, Pa., died Sunday, July 22, 2007, at the nursing home.

Born July 4, 1910, in Claremont, Minn., he was the son of William B. and Myra E. (Beckwith) Goddard.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Esther Anna (Hempel) Goddard. They were married July 16, 1940. She died Sept. 8, 2002.

He attended West Concord High School, West Concord, Minn. He attended the University of Minnesota. He received bachelor degrees from UCLA and Westminster Theological Seminary. He received masters degrees from Harvard and Simmons College. He received a Doctor of Theology from Harvard and was awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree by Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, South Hamilton, Mass.


He served as the first general secretary and as an editor and translator of the Committee on Bible Translation, which in 1978 produced, with the help of other scholars and stylists, the New International Version of the Bible, of which more than 100 million copies are now in circulation.

He was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He helped found The Evangelical Theological Society and Boston Christian High School, now Lexington Christian Academy. He was a member of the Society of Biblical Literature and a member of the Boy Scouts of America.

He is survived by his sister, Miriam Sellers of Iowa, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Carolyn Goddard; and two brothers.

Graveside services will be Saturday at 3 p.m. at Mount Carmel United Methodist Church Cemetery in Orrtanna, Pa. The Rev. Richard Craven will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the mission of one's choice.

Arrangements by Grove-Bowersox Funeral Home, Waynesboro, PA.

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