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PSU honors alumni

December 18, 2009 12:00AM

PSU will honor three alumni with a wide history of achievement and service with its Meritorious Achievement Award during winter commencement exercises on Dec. 18.

This year's honorees are: Dr. Fay Bradley, a retired physician in Independence, Kan.; William "Bill" D. Goodson, founder and president of Goodson & Associates in Lenexa, Kan.; and Wallace W. Souder, a retired petrophysicist for Phillips Petroleum Company in Bartlesville, Okla.

The PSU Alumni Association established the award in 1958 as the highest award based on career achievement. Candidates for the award have demonstrated substantial professional growth and advancement over an extended period of time. The candidate's activities, including participation and leadership in civic and professional organizations at the local, state, and national levels, are also considered by the awards committee in selecting the recipients.

The honorees:

Dr. Fay Bradley, BA in biology, 1960

Dr. Fay Bradley is a retired physician who now lives in Independence, Kan. Dr. Bradley earned an associate's degree from Independence Community College in 1958 and a bachelor of arts degree in biology from PSU in 1960. He went on to earn a teaching certificate at Wichita State University and both a law degree and a medical degree from Howard University in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Bradley came to PSU on a track scholarship, competing in the high hurdles, quarter-mile and mile relay. After earning a degree in biology at Pittsburg State University, Dr. Bradley served in the U.S. Army as a medical lab technician.

In 1962, Dr. Bradley moved to Wichita, where he worked in the lab at St. Francis Hospital and took graduate classes in education at Wichita State University. He earned a teaching certificate and taught science at a Wichita junior high school for a year before entering law school at Howard University in Washington, D.C.

While he pursued his law degree, Dr. Bradley worked on campus in the Freedmen's Hospital lab, where he drew the attention of the director, a doctor who encouraged him to apply to the university's school of medicine. After earning his juris doctor in 1970, Dr. Bradley went on to earn his medical degree in 1974.

Upon earning his medical degree, Dr. Bradley began a long career as a physician with the United States Public Health Service. He served residencies in New Orleans, Galveston and New York before returning to a post in Washington, D.C., where he remained until his retirement. Dr. Bradley retired from the U.S. Public Health Service in 1992.

Throughout his life, Dr. Bradley has maintained his love of running and has been a passionate advocate for running and physical fitness. He is a former president of the board of directors of the American Running and Fitness Association and in 1998 was selected as the runner of the year for his age group by the USA Track and Field Association and in 2004 was inducted into the USA Track & Field Association Hall of Fame. At 71, Dr. Bradley continues to run marathons and says the Boston Marathon remains his favorite.

William "Bill" D. Goodson, BS in Technology, 1969

Bill Goodson is the founder and president of Goodson and Associates, Inc., an electronics technology company in Lenexa, Kan. The company's best known products, a family of infrared wildlife trail monitoring systems, are manufactured and marketed by Goodson under the Trailmaster name.

The Trailmaster systems have become the favorites of wildlife photographers, conservationists and researchers around the world. Photographs produced with the Trailmaster systems have appeared in the National Geographic Magazine, the Smithsonian Magazine, and an array of other books and publications. Recently, Goodson founded another company, Filtronetics, which develops and produces electronic filters for use in military and space research applications.

Goodson, whose childhood included life in Cuba, Key West and the jungles of Ceylon (Sri Lanka), came to PSU from Kansas City to earn a degree and also to play football, which he did for two years.

Upon graduation in 1969, Goodson began a successful career in electronics technology that took him from the Bendix Corpration in Kansas City to Kustom Electronics in Chanute. At Kustom, Goodson focused on solving problems with the company's microwave radar unit. Today, Goodson still holds a number of patents related to police radar technology. His work in that field put him in the position to be a key figure in getting courts to accept police radar as evidence. He served on a state senate select committee in Florida that wrote the standards for the use of police radar. He has also been an adviser on radar for the National Bureau of Standards.

After his work at Kustom Electronics, Goodson joined PP&G, where he ran the company's multi-national research and development program. Goodson left PP&G to found his own company, introducing the first Trailmaster system in 1986. Goodson's wife, Victoria (BFA, '71), helps in the company's operations.

Bill and Vici Goodson live in Shawnee, Kan. They have three children: A. Scott Goodson, Jill M. Goodson and Kent D. Goodson.

Wallace W. Souder, Ph.D., BS in Physics, 1960
Wallace W. Souder, of Bartlesville, Okla., began a lifelong career in physics and service to his community after graduating from Pittsburg State in 1960.

Born and raised on a farm in Cherokee County, Kan., Dr. Souder attended Columbus High School and did not plan to attend college until his parents insisted. During college, he worked summers for the U.S. Forest Service in Idaho in addition to the soda fountain of the Student Center throughout the year to help pay for school.

After receiving a bachelor's degree in physics, Dr. Souder attended one year of graduate school at Pittsburg State. During this time, he applied for and received an assistantship from the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission and went on to receive his Ph.D. in physics from Iowa State University in 1969.

Upon graduating, Dr. Souder came to Phillips Petroleum Company in Bartlesville as a research physicist. He later transferred into the company's Department of Exploration and Production and eventually became the worldwide director of petrophysics in 1978. Among his many accomplishments while working at Phillips, Dr. Souder developed the first interactive well log analysis software and taught petrophysics to approximately 400 geoscientists and engineers. He served on two U.S. Department of Energy technology steering committees; one to develop tools for evaluating geothermal wells and another for producing electricity from hot dry rocks.

He was elected board member, vice president of technology and president for the Society of Petrophysicists & Well Log Analysts, an international society. He also belonged to the Society of Petroleum Engineers and served as an associate editor reviewing technical papers. He was a board member, secretary and chairman for the Society of the Petrophysicists & Well Log Analysts Foundation.

After retiring as senior research petrophysicist for Phillips in 2001, Dr. Souder continued to work as a consultant for the Phillips Petroleum project with Green County Petrophysics, also in Bartlesville.

Dr. Souder is active with the OK Mozart Festival, Allied Arts & Humanities Council, and was vital to bringing the Artrain, a traveling exhibit of American Indian art, to the Bartlesville area. He is also involved as an elder and choir member with the First Presbyterian Church. He has also served as president for the PSU Alumni chapter in Bartlesville and remains active with alumni events.

Dr. Souder and his wife of more than 44 years, Mary Fern, live in Bartlesville.

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