Thomas Lloyd Goad Papers
This collection largely centers on the life of Thomas Lloyd Goad and his activities in the Corpus Christi area. There are some academic records from his upbringing in Mineral Wells, Texas, then the collection shifts to his career in the United States Navy. After World War II the collection’s focus moves to Goad Cadillac. It later documents Goad’s forays into both theater and real estate, covering ground from 1920 to the latter part of the twentieth century.
- 1920 - 2000
- Goad, Thomas Lloyd (1920-2016) (Person)
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Thomas Lloyd Goad was an active Corpus Christi luminary, businessman, academic, and man of many talents. He was a World War II veteran, the owner of Goad Cadillac, and helped create the Alumni Association for Corpus Christi State University before it was absorbed into the Texas A&M System. This collection covers much of his time in Texas before relocating to Virginia in the early 1990’s.
Biographical / Historical
Thomas Lloyd Goad was born in Mineral Wells, Texas, on April 28, 1920. He completed a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Texas in 1942, then entered the Navy as the United States joined the Allies in World War II. Goad served for two years on Admiral Chester W. Nimitz’s staff as a communications officer.
After leaving the Navy with the resolution of World War II, Goad began working for Goad Motor Company in San Antonio. He used his experience there to his advantage, eventually becoming the sole proprietor of Goad Cadillac in Corpus Christi, Texas. In 1974 he sold the dealership and became a real estate broker, eventually becoming Vice President for Development at Corpus Christi State University before it was changed to being a member of the Texas A&M System. Wearing many hats, he both donated land to the university and helped with the creation of its Alumni Association.
Thomas Goad was involved in many other aspects of Corpus Christi civic life. He served as president of the Friends of the Corpus Christi Public Libraries, was in the Navy League, and the Symphony Society, and was a board member of the Chamber of Commerce. In his scant spare time, he collected rare books, loved gardening, and wrote two plays that were both produced.
After his retirement, Thomas Lloyd Goad and his wife Elizabeth moved to Virginia to be closer to their children. His involvement with the community continued there; joining the Rockbridge Historical Society, the Historic Lexington Foundation, and helped create the Rockbridge Area Community Foundation, now know as the Community Foundation for Rockbridge, Bath, and Alleghany. He passed away in 2017 at the age of 96.
This collection is arranged in ten series, Biographical, Correspondence, Military, Goad Cadillac Dealership, Real Estate, Theater, Financial, Photographs, Printed Materials, and Realia. Correspondence is in two sub-series, personal and business. Printed Materials are in three sub-series, Maps, Corpus Christi Materials, and Newspaper Clippings.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
This collection was donated by Elizabeth Goad Oliver, Thomas Lloyd Goad’s daughter, on March 9, 2022.
This collection was processed by Eric Christensen, Librarian of Archive Processing, for Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi’s Special Collections and Archives Department.
- Automotive vehicles
- Cadillac Eldorado automobile
- Cadillac automobile
- Cadillac automobile -- Collectors and collecting
- Cadillac automobile -- History
- Car leasing
- Dallas Cadillac Dealer Council
- General Motors Corporation
- Goad Motor Company
- Goad, Elizabeth Vickers (1924-2020)
- Lease Car of America
- Motor vehicles
- Motor vehicles -- Air conditioning
- Navy Sea Cadet Corp/ Navy League
- Nimitz, Fleet Admiral Chester (1885-1966)
- Real estate
- Texas -- Naval Air Station Corpus Christi
- Texas Automobile Dealers Association
- Transportation, Automotive -- Employees
- United States Navy
- World War II
- Goad, Thomas Lloyd (1920-2016) (Person)
- Guide to Thomas Lloyd Goad Papers
- Eric Christensen
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- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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- First processing
Part of the Special Collections and Archives, Mary and Jeff Bell Library, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Repository
6300 Ocean Dr.
Corpus Christi TX 78412 United States