Biz: Describe what your relationship means to you.
CG: Harold is a man of integrity. He’s a man who has been mission-driven his entire life. He’s still making a difference in the community. What more admirable traits can you ask for in a role model? If I need a friend, if I need an ear or some advice, he’s always there willing to help, just a phone call away.
HB: I’ll tell you what really impressed my wife early on. When I retired from the department of health, the day that I closed the door to the office, Clay was standing there, and he said, “Mind if I walk with you to your car?” And that brought tears to my eyes. It really did. And I said, “Clay, I would be honored.” And he walked with me to the car and he said, “Let me close the door.” And I said, “Well Clay, this does not close the door on our relationship.” He said, “That’s why I wanted to be the one that closes the door.” I told my wife about that when I got home. She started crying and said, “He is going to be special in our lives.” And he has been. She sure has a soft spot in her heart for him.
Biz: What moments makes you proud of each other?
HB: I hear people across the state in the field of public health constantly mentioning Clay Goddard. Now when that’s happening, you know that what he is saying and what he is doing is an example for others. And that’s what I see in Clay, and I’m so thrilled. He is an example of what modern day public health needs to be. He’s an amazing individual.
CG: Harold is getting ready to close another chapter, but he’s been with the health department for 45 years. And, you know, [the department is almost] 150 years old, so that’s nearly a third of the health department’s history. I really don’t view this as a retirement. He brings perspective historically that you can’t buy. I'm sitting in an office that he occupied. I’m in a building named after him. And I can plan on having that relationship continue going forward.