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March 10, 2014
I, too, was blessed to have "Doc" Wood as a professor in the 1980s. In addition to the genuine love of literature he shared with his students, which others have already described so vividly, Doc had a gift for illuminating little details in life that should be cherished. For example, before I took his class, I had never considered the value of everyday courtesies like speaking to people, friends and strangers alike, as I walked across campus. I learned to appreciate them at Rhodes. In the years since I left, I have found that the presence or absence of those little courtesies carries great weight, not only in how I view a new city or town, but also in how I judge my own behavior.

My deepest condolences to Doc's family and friends. May you find peace, comfort, and strength in abundance in the days ahead.
March 10, 2014
Goodnight sweet prince, and flights of angels sing you to your rest.
March 09, 2014
I was lucky to have "Doc Wood" as my English professor in the 1980's. I remember him reciting his favorite passages - his arms tensed and his eyes sparkling as he paced back and forth. At the end of a moving sentence, he would close his eyes and tilt his head up, then be silent for what seemed like too long to a college kid - but of course wasn't too long at all.

We students watched him fall into his favorite words, let those words flow through him. And when we were brave enough, we fell too. He taught us how to revel in language.

I count myself extremely lucky to have had Professor Wood as a teacher. He will be greatly missed.
March 08, 2014
What a wonderful man. His enthusiasm for well crafted language was infectious. I had the privilege of being in some of his first classes at Rhodes. After all these years, it is his classes that I remember most fondly of all of my academic experiences. Any mention of Chaucer reminds me of his convincingly natural sounding recitations in the original English and I can picture him beaming as he spoke the words that he so plainly loved.
March 07, 2014
March 07, 2014
Prof Wood taught John Milton's Paradise Lost and Paradise Regained and acted out each scene. I will never forget his lecturing, walking back and forth across the front of the classroom, eyes closed. When he described Eve taking a bite of the apple he rolled up his sleeve as he walked. At the moment she bit into the apple, he acted out the ecstasy of an addict shooting up heroin. Few teachers could convey the essence of literature as he could. I will never forget him. RIP dear teacher.
March 06, 2014
As a guest of Tara and Grey Burkharts on Christmas morning for breakfast I was witness to Dr. Wood's annual Christmas poem for several years. I never had him for a teacher, but wish I had.
March 06, 2014
I light this candle in loving memory of a marvelous man.
March 06, 2014
A wonderful man that will be greatly missed. I work for the Magnolia Gazette and had the privilege of knowing him and working with him on several occasions. His book "Keeper of the Dream" is a work of literary art. I will treasure memories of him forever and miss him singing one of his favorite songs "Ole Man River." Now he can sing with the lovely Angels in Heaven.
March 06, 2014
Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time.
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