Bob Godwin earned varsity letters in football and wrestling
while at DePauw. As a wrestler, he was undefeated over his two
seasons of competition which also were the first two for the sport
on campus. A captain of the 1958-59 wrestling team, Godwin also was
the first Little State champion in the 167-pound class and competed
in the NCAA Championships where he lost to the national runner-up.
The Tigers finished the season with a 10-0 record. As a senior on
the football team, he led the squad in pass receiving. Godwin was
also a member of the Lambda Chi Alpha Little 500 team which won the
first four races. Upon graduation, Godwin earned M.S. and Ph.D.
degrees in physics from the University of Illinois. While at
Illinois, Godwin also competed on the school's outstanding rugby
club. From 1966-68 he served a Postdoctoral Volkswagen Fellowship
in Hamburg, Germany, before joining the Los Alamos National
Laboratory in 1968. A leader in the field of nuclear physics,
Godwin coordinated the design and analysis for underground nuclear
tests and the program direction of Strategic Defense Initiative
research. In 1976-77 he received a Fulbright Travel Grant to
Germany and received the DOE Nuclear Weapons Program Award of
Excellence in 1986 and 1992. Godwin has also served as a patroller
on the Los Alamos Ski Patrol which is part of the National Ski
Patrol System and is the largest totally volunteer patrol in the
Rocky Mountains. He has received several awards for life-saving as
part of this patrol and has served as its director.