Lance Goddard, treasurer (immediate past president)
A lifelong love affair with music
“InConcert Sierra has grown exponentially because of the quality of our product and the people involved. We experience a lot of joy being involved and would like to invite you to join InConcert Sierra. The rewards are an attachment to a successful organization and relationship with like-minded individuals. It is this endeavor that inspires and lifts the soul of humanity.”
Lance Goddard grew up in a family where classical music was an almost constant companion. His siblings took piano lessons or sang in a choir and even his father was known to sing while his eldest sister played the piano. Lance’s house was filled with the voices of many great singers and composers emanating from the 78 rpm recordings. The voices of Caruso, Chaliapin, Gigli and even Paul Robeson were part of his musical exposure. He was constantly surrounded by classical piano and recorded orchestral music. Lance is deeply moved by the beauty of music, and is in awe of the expressive talents of great musicians and other artists.
After working for NASA and then being drafted into the Army, Lance went to work at Stanford University. He served there for 25 years working directly with applied physics PhD students on their dissertation projects. During that facet of his life he met and married Joan and adopted her two children. After taking early retirement from Stanford, Lance set up his own business providing scientific coatings primarily to Silicon Valley companies. After 14 years he retired to discover that there is less free time than he expected, but at the same time more meaning in life. He continues to slowly work on his home-built airplane project when not performing duties for InConcert or serving as a non-paid property manager for the house and grounds where he and Joan reside.
Lance loves the beauty of nature in all its forms, as viewed from his house, on foot, or from the sky in a small airplane. He is passionate about the natural physical world in all its complexity, the beauty of the seasons, and the countless opportunities for growth and learning that life presents.