Marcia McCay Goodman, a native Oklahoman, passed away peacefully in her home on April 20, 2017, after a short recurrence of cancer, just two months before reaching her 90th birthday. She bled crimson and cream and was an avid follower of University of Oklahoma football and other sports as both a student and employee of OU.
Marcia was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, to Robert Clinton McCay and Lida Grace Baker McCay on June 30, 1927. She grew up with her two older brothers in several homes in Tulsa and Muskogee, eventually moving to Norman in 1945 to attend OU. There she met George Goodman, the love of her life, who was Professor of Botany at OU for many years, and they married in 1948. She supported his research and field trips throughout the Rocky Mountains. Marcia particularly enjoyed vacationing at their rustic mountain cabin in Wyoming, where she will have her ashes spread at the same scenic mountain lake as George's. Although she had no children of her own, she embraced George's daughter and her children and her nephew and nieces and their children as close family.
As librarian of OU's world-renowned History of Science Collections, Marcia cared for the Collections' exceptionally rare books, supervised staff and student workers, and made sure the Collections ran smoothly. She was the invaluable assistant to the first curator, Duane H.D. Roller and the confidante of the graduate students and Collections' employees. When Professor Roller was in Europe each summer buying books, Marcia was responsible for the operation of the Collections. After Professor Roller retired, Marcia's knowledge of the Collections was vital to the new curator, Professor Marilyn Ogilvie. Marcia's duties were expanded to include European book-buying trips with the new curator. Marcia was influential on many committees of the university library, including one that insured librarians would retain their faculty status.
After retiring from OU in 1994, Marcia enjoyed traveling with friends, sometimes in search of more rare books. After George passed away, she also became very involved in the First Presbyterian Church, singing alto in the choir. She volunteered to help others when she could and gratefully accepted others' help when her mobility became compromised.
Marcia is predeceased by her parents, her eldest brother Robert C. McCay, and her brother's partner, Bob Seese. She is survived by her brother Paul B. McCay, stepdaughter Sula Grace Henrichsen and spouse Robert, nephew R. Scott McCay and spouse Rebecca, niece Lisa McCay Equi and spouse Robert, niece Peggy McCay Whittington and spouse Barry, and many step-grandchildren, grandnephews and grandnieces. She also leaves many friends, especially Jane Barrett, who helped her in numerous ways, and her beloved dog, Annabella.
The family plans to hold a memorial celebration in the near future. Any donations may be made to the OU Foundation's History of Science Collections or the George Goodman Foyer in the Botany-Microbiology building, or the First Presbyterian Church of Norman.
Published on April 22, 2017