Richard W. Wood Jr., high school treasurer

April 11, 1994

Richard Wayne Wood Jr., treasurer of Loyola High School and an ardent volunteer in his church and community, died of cancer Friday at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center. He was 62.

Much of Mr. Wood's volunteerism centered on Chestnut Grove Presbyterian Church, in the Phoenix section of Baltimore County, where he served as an elder, deacon, church treasurer, choir member and youth leader.

"He practiced the job seven days a week," Mr. Wood's wife, Judith, recalled of his time as a youth leader. "He would constantly call the kids and keep up with their activities."

Mr. Wood's other community activities included serving as treasurer of the Timonium Optimist Club and the Fallston swim club, and as a board member of Northern Lights, which provides free counseling for young people.

Born and raised in Allentown, Pa., Mr. Wood received an accounting degree from Muhlenberg College in 1958 and served two years in the Air Force.

He came to Baltimore to work as an auditor for W. R. Grace and Co., where he stayed 19 years. He had been at Loyola for 11 years.

It was at his Christmas job, at the old Stewart department store, that Mr. Wood met his wife, the former Judith Hale. "He was in men's clothing, and I was in jewelry," Mrs. Wood said.

The couple had two children. Twenty years ago, they moved from Parkville to Fallston. Mr. Wood was as active in the community as he was in the church, his wife said.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. today at Chestnut Grove Presbyterian.

The family suggests that donations may be made to the church's Dick Wood Memorial Fund in care of the church, 3701 Sweet Air Road, P.O. Box 10, Phoenix 21131.

In addition to his wife, the former Judith Hale, Mr. Wood is survived by a son, Richard W. Wood III of Berkeley, Calif.; a daughter, Susan Wood Zamrowski of Lutherville; a brother, Bill Wood of Allentown; and two sisters, Peggy W. Lampert of Milton, Del., and Mikell W. Ruth of Allentown.

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