Obituary â€“ William Douglas Goodfellow, OBE
Realcold Limited would like to acknowledge the passing of
businessman and philanthropist Dr William Douglas Goodfellow, OBE
on 10 July 2014 at the grand age of 97.
Douglas, as he was known, took over the family his father, Sir
William Goodfellow started in the dairy industry in 1909 and
remained at the helm until he died.
The Goodfellow family effectively kick-started the NZ Dairy
Industry and launched its co-operative model (that is the basis of
Amalgamated Dairies thrived under Douglas' leadership and he
diversified the family business in fishing, food, finance,
property, clothing and engineering; including Realcold, Realcold
Argus and Milmeq.
Douglas and his family are generous donors to the St Kentigern
Trust. He also established and funded a post graduate chair
in general practice at the Auckland Medical School. The
Goodfellow unit offers continuing education to doctors and nurses
in primary health care. The Goodfellow family also have the
Goodfellow Scholarship in Engineering available through Auckland
University School of Engineering, which is strongly competed for
Today Douglas' son Peter Goodfellow is the president of the
National Party, and his other son, Dr Bruce Goodfellow has taken
over his father's role as the Chairman of the St Kentigern Trust
Board and Chairman of Refrigeration Engineering Co Ltd group.