Debra Goode

Honorary Membership
University of Texas - Health Science Center in San Antonio

Deceased December 7, 2015

Debra Goode has been the registrar at The University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio for the past five years and prior to that worked as the Associate Registrar for four years. She has worked at this campus in several capacities since 1981.  Debra announced her retirement this summer.

Debra earned a BBA degree from The University of Texas at San Antonio with a major in Management Science in 1997.  

As a member of TACRAO, Debra served on numerous committees including

Debra has been active in AACRAO, SACRAO, and TACRAO as well as IA's of Texas, the Association of American Medical Colleges Group on Student Affairs, AAMC Southern Region Group on Student Affairs, and Higher Education User's Group (PeopleSoft Software).

Debra, for your contributions, vision, and professionalism to the association and friendships you made as you mentored others through the years, it gives me great pleasure to award you honorary membership in TACRAO.


Debra's death was reported to the membership by Chuck Kettlewell, TACRAO President 2015: "It is with deep sadness that I must report to you the passing of TACRAO Honorary Member Debra Goode on Monday, December 7, 2015. Special thanks to Lisa Serna (UT Health Science Center at San Antonio) for sharing her obituary (noted below). On a personal note, Debra was a dear and trusted friend whose strength, courage, and poise will always be remembered. Her death comes following a long and difficult battle with cancer."

Obituary excerpt:

Our beloved Debra Beth (King) Goode passed away Monday, December 7, 2015, in San Antonio, at the age of 63 years. She was born in San Antonio on November 19, 1952, to Melvin and Vera Caffall King, who preceded her in death.

She is survived by her beloved husband of 34 years, Keith Goode, and daughters Melissa Golsch and her husband Kirk, Carrie Lyons and her husband Brendan, and Jenny Freid and her husband Scott, and her ten grandchildren, Addison, Parker, Hallie, Jackson, Camryn, Kendall, Nicholas, Preslie, Bryce, and Spencer. Additionally, she is survived by her sisters, Lynda Ball, Karen Zickler and husband Russell, and Marta Rose, all of Bandera, Texas, and a large, loving family of nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and her golden retriever, Tucker.

Debra graduated from Bandera High School in 1971 and obtained her bachelor's degree from the University of Texas at San Antonio. She had a 34-year career at the University of Texas Health Science Center and retired as Registrar of The School of Medicine.

Debra lived a life full of hobbies and interests. Her love of music began at an early age. She became an accomplished pianist, and enjoyed playing the piano and singing in the choir at Bandera United Methodist Church, as well as with her family. Debra loved being outdoors, and some of her greatest passions were gardening, painting, and laughing with friends and family on the patio. Lastly, Debra had a special fondness of travel and she treasured the trips she took with her friends and family.

In recent years, Debra's grandbabies were the light of her life. She had a unique relationship with each of them, and found a way to make each of them feel special. She loved them with a passion, which they reciprocated equally.

We love her and will miss Debra dearly. She was a great listener and loyal friend, full of insight and always there when you needed a shoulder to lean on. Debra's strength knew no bounds, and she fought her diagnosis with courage, grace and faith.