John Wesley Wood Jr., 75, actuary

July 16, 2006

John Wesley Wood Jr., a retired actuary for the U.S. Government Accountability Office, died of pneumonia Monday at St. Joseph Medical Center. He was 75 and lived in Towson.

Born in Long Island City, N.Y., he was educated in New York City public schools, graduating from high school in 1950. After he graduated from Princeton University with the Class of 1954, he moved to Salisbury, where he worked at the Wayne Pump Co. He was a member of the Community Players in Salisbury, holding the lead in many productions, including Henry VIII and The Devil's Disciple.

Mr. Wood became a fellow in the Society of Actuaries in 1965. His career included work at the S.M. Hyman Co. of Baltimore, which he joined in 1975. In 1989, he became an actuary with the U.S. Department of Labor and moved from there to the GAO, where he retired in 1996. He continued doing consulting work until a few years ago, including a stint as a consulting actuary with the U.S. House of Representatives.

A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Mitchell-Wiedefeld Funeral Home, 6500 York Road.

He is survived by his wife of 49 years, the former Winifred Riddle Peterson; two sons, Charles E. P. Wood Sr. of Pasadena, Calif., and John W. Wood III of Owings Mills; two daughters, Margaret M. Wood of Amherst, N.Y., and Susan M. Johnson of Tucson, Ariz.; and four grandchildren.

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