Peter Goodwin, doctor who pushed for Oregon’s Death with Dignity law, dies
Peter Goodwin, the Portland family-medicine doctor who campaigned for Oregon’s Death with Dignity law, died Sunday at his home in Southwest Portland’s Terwilliger Plaza. He was 83.
Steve Hopcraft, a spokesman for the organization Compassion & Choices, said Goodwin died less than half an hour after ingesting the drug to cause death, a right granted under the law enacted in 1997.
Goodwin was surrounded by his four children at his death. His wife of 50 year, Erica, died in 2008.
Ten days ago, Goodwin granted an interview to The Oregonian in which he reflected on his life, achievements and the rare neurological illness that he was enduring.