The Goodans were lifelong friends of Carey Stanton. Polly Pfleger Goodan was a classmate ('43) of Stanton's at Stanford University.
Bill Goodan (1919-1990)[SS#561-30-9303] = Mary Elena “Polly” Pfleger ( -2005)
- 1. Roger Goodan
- 2. Mary Elena Goodan =  Lester Hilger were married on Santa Cruz Island
- 3. Amanda Goodan [William C. Koelsch] ( )
In the News~
December 21, 2005 [The Almanac]: “Mary Elena "Polly" Phleger Goodan, whose transfer of her family's 1,200-acre estate in Woodside to the Peninsula Open Space Trust allowed a major addition to the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, died December 1 after a fall in her Pasadena home. She was 83. Ms. Goodan sold the heavily forested property to POST for $25 million in 1995. POST then turned the property over to the national park system. With the addition of the Phleger estate, the park was extended from the San Francisco watershed in the north to Huddart County Park in the south. It also became part of a 400-mile trail system that spans ridgelines in the nine-county Bay Area. It was the largest addition to Golden Gate National Recreation Area in 20 years, according to park spokesman Rich Weideman. POST had been working with Ms. Goodan's mother, Mary Elena Phleger, at the time of her death in 1990; with her mother's passing, Ms. Goodan became the senior family member and completed the deal. "Polly was very supportive of giving us the chance to protect the land," says Audrey Rust, president of POST. Acquiring the Phleger estate was the largest project POST had ever undertaken. The largest previous project was a $6 million purchase. It also required the intercession and sustained efforts of several politicians, including Rep.Tom Lantos, Sen. Alan Cranston, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, and Rep. Anna Eshoo, to extend the boundaries of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area to include the Phleger Estate, enabling it be transferred over to the National Park Service. The property was bought by her father, San Francisco attorney Herman Phleger, in 1935. Mr. Phleger, a partner in the law firm Brobeck, Phleger and Harrison, was a prosecutor at the Nuremberg trials and legal adviser to the State Department during the Eisenhower administration. Ms. Goodan, a graduate of Stanford University in 1944, was active in many California philanthropies. Her husband, Harry [Bill] Goodan, a financier who died in 1990, was a grandson of Harry Chandler, a publisher of the Los Angeles Times. Her mother, the former Mary Elena Macondray, was a member of the Atherton and Macondray families, early settlers of the Peninsula. Ms. Goodan is survived by her son, Roger Goodan of Samish Island, Washington; two daughters, Mary Elena Hilder of Alameda and Amanda Koech of Pasadena; and five grandchildren. The family prefers memorials be made to the Santa Cruz Island Foundation, 1010 Anacapa St., Santa Barbara, 93101; or Save the Redwoods League, 114 Sansome St., San Francisco, 94104.”
Deecember 3, 2005 [Pasadena Star-News]: “Mary Elena (Polly) Goodan, 83, died following an accidental fall on Dec. 1, 2005. She was a magnet for friends and family, and her exuberant personality came through in everything she did. She gave to everyone on a grand scale. Her family, and especially her grandchildren benefited the most, but Polly also gave tirelessly to her favorite causes: Save the Redwoods League, Stanford University, Art Center College of Art and Design, LA County Hospital, Pasadena Garden Club, LACMA, Pasadena Art Museum, Pasadena Art Alliance, California Historical Society, Santa Cruz Island Foundation, and Los Angeles Children's Hospital. Polly always wanted to have a full house of people, food, and flowers, and she usually got her wish. Polly brought flower arrangements everywhere she went, and she had a huge collection of friends from every part of her life. She grew up in San Francisco and Woodside, and then went to Westover School in CT. She still has friends from these days. At Stanford University, where she majored in Art History, she was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma. The Kappas and Stanford continue to hear from Polly. Since 1944, she has lived in Los Angeles and Pasadena and greatly enhanced those communities with strong commitments. She encouraged those around her to participate and contribute in so many things. Polly tirelessly worked with the Garden Club of America in many responsible positions, including the board. The women of the Garden Club of America supported her efforts to turn her parents' 1300 acre property in Woodside into the Phleger Estate portion of the Golden Gate State National Recreation Area. Polly was the oldest daughter of Mary Elena Macondray and Herman Phleger, a powerful northern California attorney who, in addition to founding the law firm Brobeck,, Phleger and Harrison, served terms as prosecutor at the Nuremberg trials, US representative to International Court of Justice (The Hague), as Legal advisor to the Secretary of State John Foster Dulles in the Eisenhower administration, and as US Ambassador to Antarctic Treaty (1960). After graduating from Stanford University with a degree in Art history in 1943, she married Bill Goodan, son of May Chandler Goodan and Roger Goodan. Bill was the oldest son of May Chandler Goodan, daughter of Harry Chandler, publisher of the LA Times from 1917 to 1944. Polly Goodan is survived by two daughters, Mary Elena Goodan of Alameda, CA and Amanda Goodan of Pasadena, CA, Roger Goodan of Samish Island, WA and eight grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Santa Cruz Island Foundation and Save the Redwoods League.”