Fairfield pediatrician remembered as ‘incredible human being’

A Fairfield pediatrician and “incredible human being” has died.

Dr. Stanley “Stan” Goodman, the first pediatrician in Fairfield, died Monday. He was 88.

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Fairfield Mayor Steve Miller, 52, said Dr. Goodman was his pediatrician until he was 18. He remembers Goodman’s trademark white lab coat that was covered with colorful buttons and pins earning him the nickname: “Dr. Stan the Button Man.”

Miller added: “He loved kids.”

Dr. Goodman served as physician for the Fairfield City School District and performed sports physicals for free.

“Everybody got to see Dr. Goodman,” Miller said. “He was a really good guy who cared about the community. He will be missed within this community. He was an incredible human being.”

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Miller said he remembers Dr. Goodman making a Sunday morning house call when Miller’s younger sister, then 2 years old, was sick. He showed up carrying a black medicine bag.

“That’s old school medicine,” said Miller.

Roger Martin, Fairfield City Schools assistant superintendent, remembers Dr. Goodman’s work as a substitute teacher after he retired from medicine.

“He was a greatly respected substitute teacher,” Martin said. “He loved children and spent his life serving others. It was a great honor to know him. He will be missed by his wonderful family and all who are a part of the Fairfield community.”

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Dr. Goodman was the first full time physician in Fairfield, practicing for 50 years. He founded Pediatrics Associates of Fairfield and retired from that practice after 39 years of service to the community.

His community service included: Fairfield Tempo Club; giving safety talks at the Fairfield Justice Center; Kids Safety Fair; and calling Bingo at the Fairfield Pavilion for eight years.

He served on many boards, including the Fairfield Board of Education for 20 years; the Mercy Hospital Fairfield Community Advisory Board; the Butler County American Heart Association Board; Butler County Children’s Services Board; Red Cross Board; Fairfield Parks Board; member of the Butler Tech Licensed Practical Nurses committee; and President of the Butler County Rehabilitation Committee. He was a member of the Rotary Club for 40 years, with perfect attendance for 30 years.

Besides his wife, Myrna, he is survived by his children, Farrell (Nadine) Goodman, Blayne Goodman, Devin (Gale) Goodman, and Danica White; grandchildren, Hannah, Maddy, Beau, Josh and Kayla Goodman, and Anneliese White.

Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 31, at Avance Funeral Home and Crematory, 4976 Winton Road in Fairfield with Rabbi Bruce Adler officiating.

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