Warren F. Goodell came to Uni in 1937 and graduated in 1941. During his time at Uni, Goodell was very active in the school’s community, participating in a plethora of clubs, class plays, and the track team. For his senior year, Goodell decided to join both the Uni orchestra as well as the All-School committee. He also submitted a piece of writing to the yearbook titled "The Passing of a Streamliner".
After graduating, Goodell attended the University of Illinois, studying engineering physics in a brand new three-year long accelerated program. In 1944, Goodell began doing airborne radar work at the MIT radiation lab. Two years later Goodell went back to school, beginning his master’s degree and doctoral studies in physics at Columbia College in 1946, getting his doctorate in 1951. Goodell then started working as an administrator, first in a large physics laboratory at Columbia, then in general research administration, in charge of contracts and grants to the university. Goodell served as Vice-President for administration from 1967 to 1972. During this time student riots were taking place, eventually getting bad enough to trigger Goodell’s departure from the position. After this, Goodell became Vice-President and Dean at Pace University in Westchester County, served for 5 years and then switched to Director of Planning and Institutional Research at Mercy College until he eventually retired in 1988.