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Goodwin, Leoda E. Lynn

(born: 1914  -  died: 2005) 

Goodwin was born in Paducah, KY, where she graduated from Lincoln High School. When Leoda Lynn was a sophomore in college, her boyfriend and future husband, William Goodwin, encouraged her to enter the new popularity contest that was being held on campus. Goodwin represented her boyfriend's club, A.P.B, a fraternity. She won the title of 1929 Miss Kentucky State [Industrial College for Colored Persons], the first to hold the title. The 75th Anniversary of the event was held in 2004 at the school (now named Kentucky State University). After her marriage, Goodwin returned to college and earned her B.A. in mathematics from Kentucky State University and her M.A. in education from the University of Kentucky. She was a math teacher at old Dunbar High School and Bryan Station High School in Lexington, KY. For more see M. Davis, "Once a Queen, Always a Queen - first Miss Kentucky State has set example for rest to follow," Lexington Herald-Leader, 10/14/2004, p. D2; and Leoda Lynn Goodwin in "Obituaries and Memorials" in the Lexington Herald-Leader, 09/05/2005, City & Region section, p. B3.

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