May 24, 2019

Marion Goodall: Sanford woman was a hospital pioneer

Maine Women in History Rediscovering Their Lives and Legacies

The daughter of George and Henrietta Goodall, Marion C. Goodall was born in Sanford on May 24, 1875. She married William Henry Marland in 1903.

Marion and her father helped plan the Henrietta D. Goodall Hospital, which opened as a 50-bed hospital in August 1928, named in memory of Marion’s mother. Her father died before the hospital was finished, but Marion saw the project through completion.

William Marland took over much of the leadership of the Goodall enterprises after George Goodall died, especially as president of the Sanford Mills in the 1930s, including Goodall Worsted Co., which produced mohair plush and Palm Beach cloth.

Marland was a philanthropist, particularly toward the Goodall Hospital and Nasson College.

Marion Goodall Marland died Dec. 16, 1958, in Sanford. She is buried in the family lot at Oakdale Cemetery in Sanford.

Although Sanford Mills closed many years ago, the Goodall Hospital still thrives. According to its Web site, Goodall remains community-minded and offers many services including surgery, maternity and obstetrics, pain management, diagnostic imaging, emergency services, laboratory, pharmacy, physical rehabilitation, occupational medicine and more.

Its community outreach includes Alliance for Healthy Families, Partners for Healthier Communities, the Rx Assist (Prescription Assistance) program, Senior Advocate, and many community education events and support groups.

Sources: Maine Historical Society’s online museum Maine Memory Network; and the Goodall Hospital Web site,

Marion Goodall, circa 1900, print from a glass negative. From the collections of the Sanford Historical Committee. This image and thousands of others spanning Maine history are on the Maine Memory Network,, Maine’s digital museum developed by the Maine Historical Society. The Bangor Daily News, in cooperation with the Maine Historical Society’s online museum Maine Memory Network, the Maine FolkLife Center and others, will highlight a different woman each day throughout March.

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