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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Andrew Goodwin, USF Professor, Dies in Berkeley Apartment Fire

Posted By on Tue, Sep 10, 2013 at 11:48 AM

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Andrew Goodwin, a University of San Francisco media studies professor, died in an apartment fire in Berkeley early this morning,

The two-alarm fire reportedly broke out at 2431 Oregon St. sometime after 1:40 a.m. When fire crews arrived, they found flames blowing out of the roof. Inside, they found Goodwin, 56, in his third-floor apartment. He was taken to a local hospital where he later died.

According to news reports, seven other residents of the building were evacuated but were not injured.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

USF Spokeswoman Anne-Marie Devine released the following statement:

I am deeply saddened to inform you that Andrew Goodwin, Professor of Media Studies, died early this morning in an apartment fire in Berkeley.

Dr. Goodwin was a respected scholar, esteemed colleague, and dynamic teacher. He was the author of a well-known book on Music Television and cultural theory (Dancing in the Distraction Factory: Music Television and Popular Culture, University of Minnesota Press) and published numerous articles on media and cultural theory. His areas of interest included media aesthetics, critical theory, and popular music. He was known for his unique class offerings such as "Special Topics: Led Zeppelin," a semester-long course using the band to examine cultural trends beyond the music.

Professor Goodwin received his Ph.D. in Cultural Studies from the University of Birmingham, England. He served on the Editorial Board of Popular Music and Society, was a Corresponding Editor for Media, Culture & Society and wrote for Tricycle, Inquiring Mind, and

Andrew will be greatly missed by his colleagues and friends. During this time of loss, please remember that grief counseling and support services are available to USF students, faculty and staff.

Student should contact Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), Gillson Hall Lower Level. where there will be a drop-in opportunity for support and conversation on Thursday, Sept. 12 at 11 a.m. Faculty and staff are asked to contact Concern EAP. University Ministry offers spiritual and pastoral support to all members of the USF community.

"The USF community offers its sincere condolences and prayers to the family, friends, colleagues and students of Dr. Goodwin," Devine said.

More information will be forthcoming about an on-campus memorial gathering.

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