Joan Blase Goodson, a philanthropist and founding board member of the Contemporary Art Museum, died at on May 9 of complications from COVID-19 at the Missouri Baptist Medical Center (MOBap) at 94 years old.
Joan graduated from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1947 and returned to where she grew up, St. Louis. She found work as an advertising copywriter and publicist for retail stores. In 1962 she married the love of her life, Jean S. Goodson, president of the International Hat Company. They stayed married until his death in 2003.
Her entire life was vibrant and interesting, and the St. Louis Post Dispatch has a great article memorializing Joan here.
Joan Goodson supported and contributed to many St. Louis arts and cultural institutions including:
- Founding board member of the Contemporary Art Museum
- Opera Theatre of St. Louis
- St. Louis Chamber Chorus
- Missouri Botanical Garden
- St. Louis Art Museum
- St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
- Repertory Theatre
- Frank Lloyd Wright House
- Landmarks Association
Joan Blase Goodson is missed by her nieces, godchildren, her many friends, and the entire St. Louis arts community.