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The Passing of Bill Goding

Message from Dr. George Hatch, CoAEMSP Executive Director

(Note: CoAEMSP Executive Director George Hatch sent the following email to members of the EMS community on the January 15, 2016 passing of our dear colleague, staff member, and friend Bill Goding. The following comments are the overwhelming responses and tributes.)


It's with deepest and most profound sympathy that I write to you about the sudden and unexpected passing of our colleague and friend, Bill Goding. Words at the moment for me are hard to come by when I think of him and the contributions he's made to the CAAHEP accreditation process and for us here at CoAEMSP. He was wise, he was funny, he was forward thinking, and he was SMART!!!! Although we first met 9 years ago when our CoA and his, Respiratory Therapy, separated, I recognized immediately how much I DIDN'T know about acccreditation or being an Executive Director. We stayed in touch and with the approval of Randy Kukendall, our Chairman, I convinced Bill to work with us at the CoAEMSP as a consultant. WOW!!!!! He became an immediate and lasting part of our Team and was integral to many of the things we are doing as well as how we do them. He has left an indelible stamp on the work we do and THAT is his legacy.

I am reminded in our profession and the practice of medicine, how fleeting life is and just how much things can change in an instant. Today, our world changed in an instant. There is NO replacing Bill Goding. He was one of a kind. Our challenge is how we can live up to the ideals and expectations he had for all of us and for the accreditation of EMS personnel. I'm committed to not letting him down and our Team is committed as well. Please join me in praying for Bill tonight as well as for his wife, Jackie, and their families. As we have more details about arrangements, I will share those with you. May God bless each of you and your families and keep each of you safe.

All the best,

George W. Hatch, Jr., EdD, LP, EMT-P | Executive Director
CoAEMSP | Committee on Accreditation for the EMS Professions

Tributes & Condolences

Sorry guys.  Let me know if I can do anything here in Massachusetts. Hard to believe.

George, Karen, Jennifer,

We were just informed of the news about Bill. Please know the entire team sends their thoughts and wishes with all of Bill’s friends and loved ones. We are truly in shock here at the office.

I don’t want to intrude on this time and would like to propose to cancel our call on Wednesday. Please let me know your thoughts. 


I unfortunately did not know Bill well, but I am very sorry to hear about his sudden passing.  Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and those closest to him, including you.


My thoughts and prayers are with you and the rest of the CoAEMSP team that worked so closely with Bill.  This is shocking news.  It was just a few short weeks ago we were all visiting with Bill at meetings at the NREMT.  Bill was an invaluable resource to so many.  His poise and ability to mentor program directors is something I am personally grateful for.  During meetings he always had a way to listen, really listen, and keep the group grounded and on task.  Bill always had a way to listen to many voices saying something a little different, yet find the common threads and piece ideas together to form consensus.

Life is indeed fragile.

Bill was truly one of a kind and he will be missed.

I didn’t know Bill really, having only met him at the last meeting – but the impact that the news of his passing had on Team Charlie’s conference call today, was testament to the obvious affection and respect all of you had for him.
My condolences to his family and to you all at this time of loss.

I am at a complete loss of words. Not only was Bill instrumental to CoAEMSP, but he was the heart of CAAHEP standards in his role as Chairman of the Standards Review Committee, and strong supporter of CAAHEP. Jackie and his family are in my thoughts.


Extremely well said. Bill made a difference. He contributed and through his efforts made the world a better and safer place. He will be truly missed. Is there something CoAEMSP could do to honor his name (award or scholarship in his name?) To his family our deepest sympathy.

I did not know Bill as long as many of you but he was one of our greatest assets both as a consultant and as a friend.
I will miss him.

Very well said.
I’m so sorry for you especially George, I know he was personally and professionally a good friend.  So sorry for your loss.


I am so sorry.  Bill had a unique way of letting us explore and think outside the box while making sure we stayed grounded and on task.   As you said he was one of the best listeners I have ever met.  He always knew when to let us know we were headed down the wrong path.  He kept us honest and true to the mission and vision. He was a great mentor and leader and we must continue to remember what he taught us as we go forward.  My thoughts and prayers are with his family and with all of the staff.  He will be missed but always remembered.

I am most saddened at this news. We have lost a true friend of EMS education and a fine gentleman. Bill's sage advice will be sorely missed.

May God comfort his family.


We were all saddened to hear about Bill's sudden passing. He was a star and was extremely helpful at our review teams' meetings as well as our CoAEMSP Board meetings. He was extremely committed to Emergency Medical Services care in all aspects. He will be truly missed. Please express our sincere condolences to his wife, Jackie, and his entire family. May he rest in peace.

Good morning George and Tom,

It was with a great sense of loss when I received your email regarding Bill’s passing.  During the past two years I worked closely with Bill and have the deepest respect for him.  Bill cannot be replaced and his presence will leave a large void.   I will miss him and I am truly saddened.  My sincere thoughts and prayers go out to his family and to each of you during this time of loss.

With my deepest sympathy.

Awful news.  We could hear the agony in George's voice as he broke the news on our conference call. While I wasn't close to Bill I had a lot of respect for the vast amount of knowledge and input he brought to the table.  He obviously had a profound impact in a lot of people's lives.  My sincerest condolences and prayers for peace and comfort for him and his family and friends.


Thank you for letting us all know.

My thoughts are w/ his family. Pleaselet me know if there is anything that I can do.
Be well all.

I was able to attend the Accreditation Workshop in Orlando last Thursday and Friday and feel so fortunate that I was able to spend time with Bill and the group.  I have so appreciated Bill's expertise over the years I have been on the Board and the opportunity to work with him on projects and his passion for continuing to improve our processes.  The new self-study will be a living testament to Bill.  The last time I saw Bill was on Friday afternoon, and long after the workshop was over, he continued to meet with attendees and answer questions and provide direction and the offer to call him with questions.  He had so much patience to continue to answer not just my endless questions, but those of all EMS program personnel.

I will personally miss him and all I can say is Thank you Bill.

It was with such great sadness that I learned of Bill’s death. Bill was a true gem - not only in his professional role with CoAEMSP but also as a person. Bill always had a smile on his face, was always so kind, and was always willing to help.

He was such a pleasure to be around. I will truly miss him. My thoughts and prayers are with his wife and family.

Bill's death has literally rocked the accreditation world and we at CoAEMSP are at a loss for how to continue at the pace we've been able to achieve with Bill's help and guidance. His depth of involvement with so many of our "new and improved" processes and data collection tools were immeasurable and, when we recover somewhat from the initial blow of losing a dear, dear friend and mentor---the loss of whom we will NEVER truly recover from---we will need to take stock of our resources to proceed.

In the meantime, I hope we can look for opportunities to recognize how much Bill meant to us and to the accreditation world. Setting up something in his name, whether it be an award or scholarship, would be a great gesture to honor his memory and all he has done.

For those of you who have not yet heard, the CAAHEP world is reeling today from the sudden death yesterday of Bill Goding. As you all know, Bill was longtime chair of our Standards Committee, former treasurer of the CAAHEP Board, Executive Director of JRC-CVT, consultant to CoAEMSP – and the list goes on. He was the most knowledgeable person I knew on the finer points of accreditation. The loss is immeasurable.

Our love and prayers go out to Jackie and his family.


I am at a loss; he was an integral part of my experience with the CoA.  He was a wealth of knowledge and a grounding rod.  There is a void that will be hard to fill.  My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time.


I am sick with sadness. You guys put on the best conference possible with the material you had to work with. I remember it brilliantly, mostly because I was expecting to hate life for 2 days since I was actually from the west coast and knowing it would start at my 5 AM.

After traveling for an entire day, I was expecting pure hell, with not much help. You really exceeded all expectations. 
And then this sad news....

So I do have a story if you need to share at a memorial. I barely knew Bill.  I asked him a satellite question on the Thursday. Whether or not we were a true satellite, considering we were 1 cohort, 1 set of teachers, and we all traveled around together to make it less convenient for some students and teachers at times. He caught me on Friday and was more than willing to explain we were not a satellite. I thought the conversation was over, but evidently it was not. We ended up in the restroom where I was trying to take a wee, and he was lecturing and giving further details over my shoulder as I was trying to relieve my swollen bladder. At the time, it was hard to overcome the hesitancy, but you could not mistake his passion for accreditation and doing things right.

My thoughts are with you in this difficult time. Thanks for what you do.

Thank you for letting us know. I'm speechless. 


Very sad news.
I will keep Bill and his family in my thoughts and prayers.
His wisdom to us shall be missed greatly.

Good morning my friend,

That is sad news.  I will keep you and Bill’s family in my prayers.
Thank you.

Unbelievable! I am so saddened by this. 
My condolences. Can you please let me know if there is a way to contribute to a memorial fund or charity in his name?

My condolences to the both of you and the entire staff. This is a tremendous loss to the total EMS community.

I am shocked and saddened by this news. Please pass my condolences to his family and to you all.

This is so very sad.  I enjoyed meeting Bill in Orlando last week.  He was such a nice guy and extremely knowledgeable.  Please pass along my condolences to any and all who may need them.  Such a tragic loss on many levels.

Dear All,

I am so sorry to hear the sad news about Bill. He was really a marvelous man and so patient with those of us who called him...a lot....for help.

Please know that I will be thinking and praying for you all as you work through the loss of your dear friend and colleague. He will be missed.


To you and all the wonderful folks at CoAEMSP, my deepest sympathy on the sudden passing of Bill. I met Bill for the first time at the recent conference in Orlando but had talked with him several times on the phone concerning our consortium. He was very kind and helpful on those occasions and I was glad to finally meet him. During the brief conference I found him to be a great resource and a tremendous person. I know all of us, but mostly the staff at CoAEMSP will miss him and the fine work he did.  Again my deepest sympathy to all of you.


Sad news on loss of Bill. He was a true talent who knew how to move things along in a complex environment while maintaining standards. May his memory be eternal in the lives of those he touched. A lost colleague and "go to guy".

My heart is heavy at the sudden news of Bill’s passing.  I am certain that my emotions do not compare to Bill’s family, friends, and the CoAEMSP family.  Bill was a bright gentleman who had the gift of communicating outcomes, analytics, and technology second to none.  A self-evident outcome of being in EMS is the care we have for each other.  My hope is this small gesture contributes to an overwhelming compassion and sympathy that this wonderful EMS community of ours extends in times of grief.


As we discussed on Monday, I share your sadness and disbelief at Bill’s sudden passing.  I will continue to keep his family and our CoA family in my thoughts and prayers.

I have no claim to Bill’s knowledge or expertise; however, I want to offer my assistance, in any way you feel I can help, as you grieve, as you strategize and plan.

George, Jennifer, Gordy,

On behalf of the NAEMSE Board of Directors, NAEMSE staff and membership we send our condolences on the passing of Mr. Goding.  We will keep Bill's family and friends in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

To everyone at CoA,

I am so sorry to hear this news. Bill had helped me numerous times during our accreditation process and I had hoped one day to meet him! He will be missed by many I am sure. My thoughts and prayers go to his family, friends, and everyone at CoA. Everything you do helps to make EMS better!

Hello Dr. Hatch,

Please accept my sincere condolences on the passing of Bill Goding. I was excited to have had the opportunity to actually meet Bill (along with you and the other CoAEMSP staff) in Orlando last week.  Having only communicated with him via e-mail and met him that one time, I of course did not know him well but found him knowledgeable, polite, and very helpful to me in every encounter I had with him.

My thoughts are with Bill’s family and friends, and with you and the CoAEMSP family.

Dr. Hatch,

On behalf of RWU/ASP we would like to offer our condolences on the passing of Bill. He was a gentleman and a professional at all times. Anytime we had a question or concern he was right there to guide us. He will be sadly missed.


Just wanted to pass along our heartfelt sadness at the loss of Bill. While my interactions with him were limited, I know you were both close. We hold you all in our prayers.

...permit the instructors of Northwest and me to convey our heartfelt condolences to you, George and the staff.


David J. Kuchta BSAS, RN ,NRP
Paramedic Program Coordinator

I'm so sorry to hear the news about Mr. Goding. I remember him from my days as chair of our respiratory therapy program and the work he did with CoARC. I know this is a terrible loss.

Donna V. Neal
Dean, Health Sciences Division
Pitt Community College
Greenville, North Carolina

Bill’s loss is profound for so many of us. This is especially true for all of the CAAHEP family. Bill Goding was a keystone. I first encountered Bill when I was working on the initial standards of the CARTE. He was more than giving, so intuitive, and such a wealth of knowledge. It was Bill Goding who guided us through the process to a successful outcome.

Now, as President of CAAHEP, I am even more in awe of Bill’s impact on so many of us. His positive influence was felt by everyone involved in CAAHEP and well beyond.

I wish I could put in words how privileged I am to have had Bill touch my life. He served as a mentor, a confidant, and a friend to so many of us. We are all blessed to have had the opportunity of Bill Goding in our lives.

While we will all grieve, I hope we can also celebrate how rich we are as a result of our opportunity to spend precious moments with Bill. I am so grateful.

Thom Skalko, Ph.D., LRT/CTRS, FDRT
President, CAAHEP

To all at CoA

Bill, George, and Gordy presented a wonderful workshop last week in Orlando as a TEAM. It brings me great sadness to think about the pain and loss that you all are experiencing. As the director of a program still awaiting the site visit, I am personally grateful for all the hard work and clarity Bill brought to the accreditation process and will think of him every time I have a question. My thoughts and prayers are with you as you both grieve and, eventually, begin to heal.


I am so sorry to hear of this sad news. I just met Bill at the CoA conference in Orlando and was so impressed with his expertise, articulation of the standards and expectations and patience as we worked through our own struggles of how to be compliant. He stayed after the conference to patiently answer all of my questions. It was obvious in the short amount of time that I met him that he was a true treasure to CoA and accreditation.


I am sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. I didnt know Bill well, but he was a knowledgeable and good-hearted individual. We, here at Lowcountry Regional EMS Council would like to extend our condolences to his family, the team at CoA, and friends across the globe. May God be with you during the grieving process abd provide comfort and peace.

I’m very surprised and so sorry to learn of Bill’s passing. Along with Thom Skalko, I met Bill when CARTE was working on our initial standards. Bill was so generous of his time and expertise when he consulted with us. He was so helpful and because of his expertise and guidance we were able to establish the initial standards and CARTE as a CoA of CAAHEP in record time. He was a true professional in every sense of the term, and a friend to so many members of CAAHEP CoA’s. I know he will be greatly missed by CAAHEP, as well as his friends and family. My thoughts are with his many colleagues, friends and family as they process this loss. I hope all will find some comfort in fond memories of Bill, his personal approach and his many professional contributions.

Ray E. West, LRT
Former Member of CARTE

We are saddened to hear of the passing of Bill Goding. Bill has worked with members of the Indigo team for nearly a decade. We always appreciated his cheerful presence and thoughtful approach in the accreditation process. Our deepest sympathy to his family and all that knew him. What an incredible loss to us all.

Helen Levinson, CEO
Indigo Interactive

On behalf of Palm Beach State College EMS Programs, please accept our deepest condolences.

Barbara Cipriano
Associate Dean Public Safety

To Jackie Long-Goding,

On behalf of Erwin Technical College, please accept or deepest condolences.

Henry Coet III
Program Director
Erwin Technical Center

Dear Jackie Long-Goding, Our thoughts and prayers are with you. You have our deepest sympathies and condolences.

Anna-Marie Beck
Neurodiagnostic Technology Program Director
Johnson County Community College – NDT program

We are saddened to hear of Bill’s passing and send the thoughts of our Board of Directors and staff in sympathy to his wife Jackie and his family. His contributions to CAAHEP in particular and specialized professional accreditation in general cannot be understated. He will most certainly be sorely missed.

Keith Orloff, ARC/STSA
Executive Director

Please allow us to express our condolence’s to the entire CoAEMSP family. The news of Bill’s passing has rocked us to the core. Our hearts and prayers go out to Bill’s family and to the CoAEMSP family as well. He will certainly be missed.

Orlando J. Dominguez, Jr.
EMS Program Director
Eastern Florida State College

It’s with a heavy heart we offer condolences to Bill’s family, friends, and colleagues.

Platinum Educational Group Staff

About Bill

William W. Goding, 66, died suddenly Monday, January 11, 2016 at Cape Canaveral Hospital in Cocoa Beach, FL. He is survived by his wife, Jackie L. Long-Goding, two step-sons, along with many other family and friends.

Bill was born March 24, 1949 in Hartford, CT. He graduated from Berlin High School, Tufts University, University of Massachusetts -Boston, and attended the University of Massachusetts – Lowell for post-graduate studies. He was retired from North Shore Community College in Danvers, where he served as the Respiratory Care program director and the Dean of Health Professions. Bill was active in volunteer service for the profession of Respiratory Care. He held many elected offices in the Massachusetts Society for Respiratory Care, the Committee on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) and the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC). At the time of his death, Bill served as the Executive Director with the Joint Review Committee for Education in Cardiovascular Technology. He was also a consultant for the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP), Rowlett, TX; the Commission on Accreditation for Allied Health Educational Programs (CAAHEP), Clearwater, FL; and the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM), Eden Prairie, MN.

Bill was a long-time resident of Beverly, MA . He purchased Sunset Stables MA on Hill Street in January 2013 and moved to Whitinsville in May, 2013. He enjoyed traveling with the Tufts Group, a group of friends who met as college freshman at Tufts University and have remained so ever since. He and Jackie loved spending their winters in Cocoa Beach and Cape Canaveral, FL. His greatest joy, however, came from spending time with his two grandchildren and his family, including the Sunset Stables barn family.

The Goding family requests memorial donations to the C. Howard Goding Scholarship Fund, c/o Berlin Lions Club, P. O. Box 23, Berlin, CT 06037.

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