He is said to have belonged to an Italian family named Bonicolli, in Flemish Goethals, but the question of his name has been much discussed (see authorities below).
Henry Goethals or Henry of Ghent (Henricus Gandavensis, 1 217-1293), surnamed Doctor solennis, occupied on the whole an independent and pre-Thomist position, leaning to an Augustinian Platonism (see Henry of Ghent).
Goethals, Histoire des lettres, des sciences et des arts en Belgique (4 vols., 1840-1844); Fr.
"GEORGE WASHINGTON GOETHALS (1858-), American army engineer, was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., June 29 1858.
Goethals favoured the lock form of canal, chosen by Congress in 1906, instead of the sealevel type.
Goethals was appointed the first civil governor of the Canal Zone by President Wilson in 1914 and the following year was made major-general.