Wakefield '60 Classmates: In Memoriam

Donald Thomas Woods
b: 5/20/1941    d: 12/13/1993

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No picture or entries in the 1960 Starstone.

Joan Woods Mahal, Donald's sister, writes:
Donald T. Woods worked for a local printing firm after leaving Wakefield.  During his stint with the Army he served in Colorado, and after an honorable discharge he battled cancer and was treated with "the newest aggressive" procedures at Georgetown University Hospital.  This was an extremely hard time for him and the family.  Don joined the Federal Protective Service and bought a townhouse in Danbury Forest in Springfield, Virginia.  He celebrated the Bicentennial by getting a red, white, and blue van with an American eagle emblazoned on the side.  He loved taking road trips and took his motorcycle to Colorado, Florida, Connecticut and Nova Scotia.  Once during one of numerous stays at the Veterans' Hospital in Washington, D.C. he spoke with First Lady Hilary Clinton about the needs of patients with heart disease.  Another surprising conversation he had was with folk singer Joan Baez late one summer night on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.  His life long friend was "Bucky" Florence.  In spite of numerous hospitalizations his health required, he always was positive and looked for the best in others and in life in general.  He is remembered for his caring and generous spirit.   Don died in December 1993.

2011 Wakefield Class of 1960 and Wakefield Education Foundation (information@wakefieldalumni.org)