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Lynne Mary Goodhart

March 20, 1938 — January 14, 2023

Lynne Mary Howard Goodhart was born on March 20, 1938, in Salt Lake City, Utah. She was the daughter of Allen Quentin and Virgina Summerhays Howard. She passed away January 14, 2023 at Terrace Grove in Logan, Utah, after a lingering illness.

She was educated in Salt Lake City, where she also studied piano from an early age. She obtained BA from the University of Utah in 1960 and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She achieved a PhD from the University of Colorado in 1973; both degrees were in French literature. She also studied at the Sorbonne in France. Lynne taught French literature at the University of Wisconsin until 1974, and then at Utah State University from 1976 until retirement. At USU she began a France Summer Abroad for students, where they lived with French families.

She was a member of the USU faculty senate and in 1990 she was awarded USU Professor of the Year for excellence in teaching. She also won an award for creating an introductory Liberal Arts course that demonstrated that “a sound liberal education is an appropriate preparation for the world of tomorrow.” She and her good friend and colleague Jon Wagner translated and introduced a volume of poems, Fugitive Suns, by the French poet Andree Chedid. Together they presented many conference papers and published articles on Chedid, Marguerite Duras, Yves Bonnefoy, and Saint-John Perse. A forthcoming book is entitled Texts for a Transition: Poetry of Interbeing in Yves Bonnefoy and Saint-John Perse. Her scholarly achievements were internationally recognized. She was a Fullbright Fellow in France, a Woodrow Wilson Fellow, and a French government Scholar at McGill University in Montreal.

Beyond her scholarly interests, Lynne was both an active conservationist and a pianist. For many years she served on the committee that annually brought the week-long Bioneers conference to Logan. And later, she taught a course in sustainability at Utah State. As a gifted pianist, she accompanied several musicians auditioning for the Utah Symphony. On weekends, she often played popular music at the Logan Country Club. For several years she directed the choir at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Logan. And, with her brother, she initiated a scholarship in choral music at Utah State University in memory of their parents, both of whom were active patrons of music and the arts in Salt Lake City.

Lynne Goodhart is survived by her son Chris Goodhart and family, her brother, Allen Q Howard, Jr, and family, and many cousins. Two of her many friends, Marlene Conner and Leslie Black, lovingly visited her several times a week in the last few months of her life. Her family and friends wish to thank the staff at Terrace Grove for the loving care they provided.

Her memorial service will be held at the Unitarian church in Logan Utah on July 29, 2023 at 1:00 pm. The address is 596 East, 900 North.
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