Sara Moak Godwin
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 1:00 AM
Sara Moak Godwin, a medical research laboratory administrator, died June 2, 2014, at age 90. She was born in Philadelphia on Jan. 26, 1924, to Conway Columbus and Katie Elizabeth Bridges Moak. She graduated from Mississippi State College for Women in 1945 and became certified as a medical technologist. She then practiced 1945-48 at Touro Infirmary in New Orleans, where she met her husband, John T. (Jack), of 58 years. Mrs. Godwin was a chemist at Memorial-Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City 1948-49, and 1965-90 served as the administrator for Medical Diagnostic and Research Laboratories, which she co-founded and built with her husband into a state-of-the-art, multi-location network in the metro-Atlanta and NE Georgia area. She was a member of several medical associations and served on the boards and as an officer of several medical auxiliaries.
For nearly 50 years, Mrs. Godwin, with her husband, supported charitable organizations and established various endowments at many educational levels, such as a medical scholarship at Emory University and an award for excellence in penmanship at Athens Academy. She was a longtime member and supporter of the Atlanta History Center, Atlanta Botanical Garden, Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation, Rose Garden Club, The Emory University Women's Club, and Georgia Tech Faculty Women's Club, and a lifetime member of The Shepherd Center auxiliary. She also supported The Community Foundation of Greater Atlanta and numerous other botanical, environmental, conservation, historical, medical, and art organizations.
Mrs. Godwin was a beautiful, intelligent, sweet, and generous woman who adored the music of Dave Brubeck as well as other jazz and big bands. She delighted in growing plants, tending her yard, attending flower shows, and travelling extensively throughout the world. A loving mother who untiringly facilitated her children's education and extracurricular activities, she also was a devoted wife who actively supported and worked for the advancement of her husband's aspirations and prominent and pioneering medical career that spanned 60 years and four continents. They were graceful partners on the dance floor as well.
Mrs. Godwin was predeceased by her husband in 2006 and by her brother, Dr. William Edwin Moak of Richton, one month prior. She is survived by her daughter, Elizabeth G. Seabrook of Argyle, Texas; son, Thomas A. Godwin and his wife Janice of McLean, Va.; daughter, Patricia G. Dunleavy and her husband John of Athens, Ga.; grandchildren: Bradley Seabrook, Jennifer Newland, John Godwin, Marguerite Godwin, James Dunleavy, and Catherine Dunleavy; and four great-grandchildren.
Memorial services will be held Saturday, June 7, 2014, at 10 a.m. at the Chapel of Athens First United Methodist Church, with visitation in the Parlor across the hall at 9 a.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Mrs. Godwin's memory may be made to: Foundation of Wesley Woods designated for "Community of Caring-Athens Needs" (Talmage Terrace/Lanier Gardens) 1817 Clifton Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30329 or St. Mary's Foundation designated for "Hospice" 1230 Baxter Street, Athens GA 30606-3791.
Online and audio condolences may be offered at www.bernsteinfuneralhome.com. Bernstein Funeral Home and Cremation Service is in charge of arrangements.