UPDATE - 'Sally' Goodrich, mother of 9/11 victim and supporter of Afghan education, dies

BENNINGTON -- A Vermont woman whose son was killed in the 9/11 terrorist attacks and who later established a foundation to promote education in Afghanistan, has died.

According to an obituary notice, Sarah "Sally" Goodrich died at her Bennington home on Saturday. A service will be held Thursday at 3 p.m. at Old First Church in Bennington. The Mahar & Son Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

An educator with the North Adams (Mass.) Public Schools system, she oversaw the work of the Peter M. Goodrich Memorial Foundation, which works in Afghanistan to support education and other services for the people there.

She established the foundation in memory of her son, Peter, who was aboard United Airlines Flight 175 when it was hijacked and flown into the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001.

Goodrich was the wife of attorney Donald W. Goodrich.

The foundation's work in Afghanistan included building a school for girls and the construction of a water reservoir. The program was featured by numerous media organizations, including in a Sept. 11, 2010, article in Boston Globe magazine. A documentary, "Axis of Good: A Story From 9/11" by producer and director Rick Derby, also was created.

Goodrich, who had battled cancer, also was a founding and advisory board member of Our Voices Together, a non-profit network founded in 2005 by 9/11 families and friends to promote people-to-people efforts around the world.


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