P. Goodrich was the first President of the Institute of Traffic
Engineers and served from 1930 to 1932. He was born in Decator, Michigan in 1874 and attended Michigan
State Normal College and the University of Michigan receiving a B.A. in
Civil Engineering from the latter.
Goodrich was an extremely well versed man in all aspects of
transportation, planning, and engineering administration. He was a consulting engineer to the New York City Department of
Public Works performing many plans and designing harbors for cities
throughout the world. He was also a civil engineer in the Navy for four years at the
turn of the century. He even found time to be a public employee with the Manhattan.
of Public Works from 1910 to 1916.
As a consultant in private practice, he drew up plans for the
City of Nanking, China and for the port and city of Whampoa near Canton
and also port facility plans for Bogota, Colombia.
Goodrich was also a professor of engineering economics at NYU in the
1930s and was also chief engineer for the New York Department of
Sanitation in the 30s.
He was also a planning consultant for such cities as Cincinnati,
Norfolk, Newark, Springfield, Massachusetts, and New Haven, Connecticut.
He was also a director of ASCE and received its Collingwood prize
He was President of the American Institute of Consulting
Engineers in 1951.