Malcolm Strachan Chair

The Malcolm Strachan Chair of English Literature was established in 1990 by family and friends of The Reverend Malcolm Strachan, beloved master of English, Chaplain, and head of the Sacred Studies Department. Malcolm was a member of the Groton faculty from 1932 until his death in 1960. Since 2009, Theodore G. Goodrich has held this Chair.

Since arriving at Groton in 1998, English teacher Ted Goodrich has led a dorm and taught a variety of classes,  including Third, Fifth, and Sixth Form English, Expository Writing, and a host of electives including his renowned course on Moby Dick, a book he says has “spoken to me since high school.” In the afternoons, Ted coaches soccer and winter running, which culminates in a half-marathon each February. He previously ran a dorm.

Ted has a bachelor’s from Colby College and a master’s from the Bread Loaf School of English. He spends his summers on Cuttyhunk Island, a tiny island (about 1.5 miles long) between New Bedford and Martha's Vineyard, where he fishes from a surf dory that he rows along the Buzzard's Bay side of the island at night. He most often fishes right where the last whaling ship out of New Bedford wrecked on a reef in August 1924. During the school year, Ted lives on campus with his wife and children.