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Robert F. Godwin Jr.; Photographer, Teacher

A memorial service is planned Monday for Robert F. Godwin Jr., a longtime photographer who taught at Burbank Adult School for 21 years, who died at his Burbank home. He was 73.

Godwin died Aug. 8 of cancer, said his wife, Annabelle Godwin.

Born in Chicago, Godwin served as a first lieutenant in the Army Air Corps during World War II. After his discharge, he came to Burbank and studied photography at the Art Center College of Design. Godwin taught photography at Burbank Adult School from 1969 until December and worked as a free-lance photographer, taking pictures of weddings, commercial advertising and architecture.

He had also been a partner of the Panorama City Camera Center in the 1960s and worked in various camera shops, including Gayson’s Camera in Glendale, from the late 1970s to the late 1980s.

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Godwin was associated with a group of professional photographers called Camera Visions, who displayed their images in galleries in the Hancock Park and Wilshire District areas. In addition to photography, Godwin enjoyed woodworking, sailing, fishing, radio communications and reading.

In addition to his wife of 49 years, Godwin is survived by his son, Robert Franklin Godwin III of West Los Angeles; daughters, Sara Godwin of Fairfax, Calif., and Jo Beth Godwin of Nantucket, Mass.; sister, Jane Wright of Morrow, Ohio, and two grandchildren.

A memorial service is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday at Temple Beth Hillel, 12326 Riverside Drive, North Hollywood. Glasband-Willen Mortuary in North Hollywood is handling the arrangements.

Donations can be made in Godwin’s name to the American Cancer Society.

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