Paul F. Wooden, CPA, lawyer and bank president

September 18, 2008

Paul Francis Wooden, a certified public accountant, attorney and bank president, died of cancer Sept. 10 at the Blakehurst retirement community in Towson. He was 92.

Mr. Wooden was born and raised in Woodensburg. After graduating from Franklin High School in 1933, he earned his bachelor's degree from what was then Western Maryland College in 1937.

He was also a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Law and became a certified public accountant. During World War II, he served in the Army as a finance officer.

After the war, he sold insurance and worked as an accountant. In 1955, he became a partner in the firm of Wooden & Benson.

In 1958, Mr. Wooden joined the board of Farmers and Merchants Bank and was appointed the bank's third president in 1986. After serving as president for nine years, he was named chairman of the bank's board in 1995, a position he held for five years.

Services were Saturday.

Mr. Wooden's wife of 55 years, the former Irina Reyda, died in 1998.

Surviving are his wife of nine years, the former Peggie Patton; a son, Paul F. Wooden of Reisterstown; four daughters, Irina Heisey of Courtland Manor, N.Y., Margaret Abbott of Upperco, Kathi Dalton of Woodlands, Texas, and Leonor Howton of Friendswood, Texas; a brother, Gilbert Benson of Timonium; a sister, Virginia Smith of Easton; nine grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

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