R. Thad Goodwin, M.D., Organist/Accompanist

Thad grew up in Oakmont, PA, having started on the piano at an early age, moving on to the organ before he even graduated high school. He minored in Music and majored in Biology at William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA.

While in Williamsburg, Thad studied organ under James S. Darling, the Organist at the historic Bruton Parish Church. He played many of the Tuesday and Saturday Candlelight Concerts open to tourists  during 1974 and 1975, playing an all-Bach recital to an overflow gathering Graduation weekend in May of 1975. 

He then went on to obtain his MD  at UNC, Chapel Hill, then moving to the University of FL for his Internship and Residency in Ophthalmology. His final move was to Fort Myers in 1983 where he has been and is still in the Private Practice of Ophthalmology ever since.

Because of the time demands of his early Practice life here in Fort Myers, Thad did not play the organ again professionally until an opening for Organist became available at Central United Methodist Church around 2000. He played there until 2014, when he came to us FMCUCC.

As an aside, Thad was "instrumental" in helping FMCUCC replace its ailing Allen organ with a more versatile and much more realistic sounding Rodgers organ several years ago, when he approached Central UMC, his former church, about buying the instrument that Thad had been playing for the previous many years. Central UMC was not using the instrument any more, so it was purchased and the organ and Thad were reunited here at FMCUCC several years ago.

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