Santa Rita Hotel Letter And Brochure Tucson Arizona From The John Goodman Estate. This is an amazing piece of local history that captures never before seen images of the Santa Rita Hotel as well as personal interests of the founder of the Tucson Mountain Oyster Club, John Goodman. Goodman's father owned the Santa Rita Hotel and the letter included in this lot captures beautiful art of the resort and references the 1953 Preakness Winner, Native Dancer.” His obituary can be found below:
“John Goodman was truly a man of accomplishment. He graduated from the Wharton School of Finance and went on to graduate summa cum laude from Yale in 1942. He enlisted in the Army Air Corps where he worked in Japanese Intelligence until his honorable discharge. A fearless horseman, Jack was a true cowboy and strove to perpetuate Western culture. Some of his achievements include being a member of Rancheros Visitadores in Santa Ynez California since 1947, co-founding and serving as president of Los Charros del Desierto, co-owning “Team Spirit”, winner of the 1964 Grand National Steeplechase in England, co-founding the School of Racetrack Management at the University of Arizona, co-founding the Mountain Oyster Club and serving as a past president. He was one of the founders of Friends of Western Art, serving as past president and a member of The Jockey Club, serving as a past Steward. He was proud to be inducted into the “Hall of Great Westerners” at the Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City in 2014. He and Harold Ashton formed and operated Ashton Goodman Properties, where he worked until his retirement in 2017.