Woodrow Wilson Councill, 81, insurance executive

April 20, 2002

Woodrow Wilson Councill, a retired insurance company executive and World War II veteran, died Wednesday of cancer at North Arundel Hospital. The Pasadena resident was 81.

Mr. Councill was a regional vice president when he retired in 1978 from Alexander & Alexander Inc., an insurance brokerage for which he had worked since 1948. He began his career with United States Fidelity and Guaranty Co. in 1945.

Born in Baltimore and reared in Arbutus, he graduated from Catonsville High School and earned a law degree from the University of Baltimore in the late 1940s.

During World War II, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps and served as a navigator on reconnaissance missions in the Pacific and the Gulf of Mexico. He later was a navigation instructor and was discharged in 1945 with the rank of lieutenant.

In 1941, Mr. Councill married Virginia Jones, who died in 1978.

He was an avid golfer and sailor, and was a member of the Baltimore Country Club, the Engineering Society of Baltimore and the John Paul Jones Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution.

He attended Our Lady of the Chesapeake Roman Catholic Church, 8325 Ventnor Road, Pasadena, where a memorial Mass will be offered at 1 p.m. today.

He is survived by his wife of 22 years, the former Mary Rose Edelen; a son, Richard R. Councill of Towson; a daughter, Virginia Ann Councill of Roland Park; a stepson, Frank P. Williams of Longmeadow, Mass.; a stepdaughter, Margaret Mary Williams of New Market; and six grandchildren.

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