At today’s Board of Directors meeting, Myra Lee Goff received the Chair of the Board Award in the field of heritage preservation. This award is designed to honor individuals who have made a significant contribution to the community in a specific field of endeavor, and no more than six recipients may be named in a calendar year.
Goff attended Texas Christian University, originally studying journalism but switched gears to major in education to teach history, German and English. She met her husband Glyn at TCU, was married in 1952, moved back home to New Braunfels and began her 33-year teaching career.
After retiring, Goff formed a writing partnership with Rosemarie Leissner Gregory that has resulted in the publication of three books about New Braunfels history including Kindermaskenball, Past and Present; New Braunfels, Comal County, a Pictorial History; and A Journey in Faith, the History of First Protestant Church. The last book she wrote independently was about the Comal County Fair, It’s Fair Time.
In 2006 the then Executive Director of the Sophienburg Museum, Linda Dietert, asked Goff to write a column about the community and its history for the Herald-Zeitung. She has written that column twice a month ever since, providing both seasoned New Braunfelsers and newcomers valuable historical information that can be preserved for future generations. Her new book, Around the Sophienburg, will come out May 23.
Goff is a Living Legend of New Braunfels, a Sophienburg Volunteer of the Year, and a Silver Unicorn with the New Braunfels Independent School District. For these reasons and many more, Goff is the second recipient of the Chair of the Board Award of 2017. Henry Ford received the award in the field of race relations in February. She and her husband will be invited as a special guests to the Annual Chamber of Commerce Banquet on January 26, 2018 where she will be further honored.