Surrounded by his loving family, E. Austin Goodwin passed away peacefully at home on April 13th. He was born in Muncie Indiana, April 28th, 1930 to Elmer W. Goodwin and Eleanor Austin. He is survived by his wife Nelleda Goodwin ( Vellucci) of 57 years, his daughter Leah Marisa Goodwin, and granddaughter Kai Elise Robinson; his son Seth Austin Goodwin, his daughter in law Sarah Goodwin, Grandson Henrik Austin Goodwin, and niece Lisa Capestro.
E. Austin Goodwin began his progressive education at a very young age, at Buriss High Laboratory School In Muncie. He followed this by attending Ball State University where he graduated in 1952 with a degree in Fine Arts Education. After graduation he joined the United States Air Force completing his service as a First Lieutenant. Austin moved to New York City upon his acceptance to Columbia University Graduate School for Fine Arts. Immersed in the arts scene, he happily settled in NYC teaching the arts at Hunter College High School, and Columbia University. He then joined Newark State Teachers College in the burgeoning Fine Arts department. He retired after 38 years as professor in the Fine Art Department at Kean University. He taught Design, Jewelry and Ceramics. He also served as chairman of the department for 2 years. After retirement, Austin and his wife Nell owned Beautiful Things, a gallery and shop which showcased American crafts/art and housed his studio. After the shop closed, he moved his work back into his home studio in which he continued to create Jewelry and art throughout the remainder of his life. Austin was a member of the American Craft Council and Society of North American Goldsmiths. Austin's work was seen in many exhibitions, galleries and museums. His jewelry and metalwork can be found in numerous collections and publications.
Austin and Nell’s marriage for 57 years was a foundation for a family built on love and acceptance. Together they built a home that fostered creativity, education, dear friendships, art, food, conversation and love....
Visitation will be at Higgins and Bonner Echo Lake Funeral Home 582 Springfield Ave., Westfield, NJ 07090 on Tuesday April 18th, from 4 to 8 PM. The Funeral will be held Wednesday, April 19th at 10:30 AM at Higgins and Bonner, followed by the burial at Fairview Cemetery in Westfield
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the American Craft Council