In Memoriam

Message from the President

It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of our founder John Goering. John was a humble man whose early recognition of the unique needs of family and private businesses led to the creation of the Goering Center in 1989.

John’s vision was so broad that it is difficult to fully describe. It can be seen in the interactions among the business owners who work with the Goering Center every day. It has been evident in John’s beaming smile as he has watched members extract value from the Center’s numerous offerings over the many years. And it lives on in the stories and successes of our members’ businesses.

John’s contributions to the business community have been invaluable – he has had a profound impact leaving us stronger and better. We have lost a great friend who was a kind and generous community leader.

All of us at the Goering Center are proud to have known John and to have had the honor of working with him, sharing in his vision and mission to nurture and educate family and private businesses. He was a man of great character who lived a life of integrity. John leaves an enduring legacy that will carry on for many generations to come in this region.

He will be truly missed. 

Carol Butler

81-year old John Goering in dark suit, white shirt and red tie, stands looking up and to his right at the 2015 Family and Private Business Awards

John Goering at 2015 Family & Private Business Awards

John Goering with MB Hammond, Carol Butler, Cathy Decker holding Bearcat Band Award

John Goering and his Goering Center Team receiving the Bearcat Band Award in 2018

John Goering in a dark suit, white shirt and red tie sits on a bench in front of Lindner College of Business

John Goering on campus in 2019

Tributes to John Goering

Remembering John