Colonel (retired) Woodrow W. Wiltse
I first met COL Wiltse as a young ROTC cadet at the University of Oklahoma in 1965. I was immediately impressed by his military bearing and outstanding reputation as being a very competent and fair Professor of Military Science (PMS) After graduation in '68 and a tour in Vietnam, I did not see him again until 2000. He remembered me and verified it by sharing some anecdotes. He had a great sense of humor and an infectious smile. You always left his presence in a better mood than when you first encountered him. He influenced and prepared many future officers who went to face combat in Vietnam and careers in the Army. I considered him a friend, mentor, and the consummate Army Officer. He will be missed, but his legacy lives on in the Army ROTC Armory at OU.
Paul D. "Pete" Costilow
BG, USA Retired
Your dad was a gentleman and officer. I remember many fun evenings in their home in the 1960s. Then, he had me to dinner when my daughter began her OU experience in 2000. I have kept up with him through Mr. Ford on the OU Business School board. He was special! It was sad to learn of your loss.
I never met Col. Wiltse but I can say that he raised an amazing son named Elliott. Elliott displays respect, generosity and encouragement in his personal life as well as in his interactions with the people he mets. Col. Wiltse and his wife did an excellent job raising Mr. Elliott.
I owe a great deal of gratitude to Colonel Wiltse and his wife for being who they were and for what they gave me. They always welcomed the little girl from across the street into their home, where they taught me about the wonders of Asia, the honor of military service, and the value of community. Rest in peace.
I remember COL Wiltze from my first two years (1967-69) in CAPERS (a coed group affiliated with ROTC) and thought the world of him. I hope that all of the kind words here will be of comfort to his family at this very hard time.