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WOODS--Frank Montgomery Jr., Frank Montgomery Woods, Jr., engaged life with enthusiasm. He was an active member of the Bohemian Club, The Pacific-Union Club, the California Tennis Club, the Guardsmen and San Francisco Golf Club. Frank was a passionate bridge player and a student of the game. Frank's life began 81 years ago, in Chattanooga, Tennessee, the eldest son of Josephine Roberts Woods and Frank Montgomery Woods. He spent his childhood in Birmingham, Alabama, and Nashville, Tennessee, then earned his bachelor's degree from Cornell University ('50-'54), in the School of Hotel Administration. He was a member of the Sigma Phi fraternity. Following graduation, Frank served in Korea. He was a U.S. Army Second Lieutenant in charge of a quartermaster depot. In 1956, Frank joined the advertising and marketing department of Proctor & Gamble in Cincinnati, Ohio. After five years at P&G, Frank moved to the Bay Area to launch his own company, Marketing Continental. An entrepreneur at heart, Frank's company was instrumental in developing and introducing products such as the Pine Mountain Log and the Shell No-Pest Strip. In the late 1960s, Frank, together with Cornell classmate Tom Reed, helped to develop the Four Seasons Ski Resort in Breckenridge, Colorado. In 1961, Frank met Kay Harrigan and they married in Mobile, Alabama, a year later. They lived in San Francisco and Healdsburg, and raised three children: Dorine Woods Towle (Griff), Frank Montgomery Woods (Anne Robinson) and Alexis Woods (Daniel Donahoe). They have six grandchildren: Spencer and Audrey Towle, Thea and Keira Donahoe, Ella and Montgomery Woods. Frank is survived by his brother, Bill Woods (Deborah Freedman), and his sister, Rhoda Reyner. His brother, Joseph Woods, predeceased him. In the early 1970s, Frank began his notable career in the wine business, co-founding the award-winning Clos du Bois winery in Sonoma County. From the beginning, Clos du Bois wines were designed to be as consumer friendly as an American wine and as elegant as a French wine, a combination that was unheard of at the time. Frank's marketing skills were innovative for the wine business and he quickly built Clos du Bois into a premium California wine. Frank was a tremendous advocate for the American wine industry. Over the years Frank was chairman of the Wine Institute, chairman of the American participation in the International Organization of Viticulturalists (OIV), and was on the boards of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, the Young Audiences of San Francisco, and the L.S.B. Leakey Foundation. In addition, he was a consultant to the wine industries in Bulgaria, Slovenia and Hungary under an agricultural project of the United States government. Frank also represented the US in various international wine negotiations with NAFTA and dealings with GATT in Geneva. Frank Woods passed away on Thursday, May 8, in San Francisco. There will be a memorial service for Frank on Monday, May 19 at 3:00pm at Grace Cathedral. In lieu of flowers, the Woods family requests that remembrances to the deceased be sent to: Gladstone Foundation, 1650 Owens Street, San Francisco, CA, 94158; or KIPP Bay Area Schools, 1404 Franklin Street Suite 500, Oakland, CA 94612; or UCSF Diabetes Teaching Center, UCSF Foundation, Lock Box 45339, San Francisco, CA 94145.

Published in The New York Times on May 18, 2014
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