HOOD Charles H., 87, beloved husband of Judy Hood for 55 years, passed away on Friday, July 8, 2016 at his home in Manchester-by-the-Sea. Born in Boston on February 5, 1929, he is the son of the late Harvey P. Hood and Barbara C. Hood. Charles was raised in Cambridge, Brookline, MA and Manchester-by-the-Sea. He attended Phillips Academy in Andover, went on to Dartmouth College where, in 1951 he received a bachelor' of art degree. He received his MBA from Harvard Business School in 1953 and after a three year stint in the U.S. Navy as a naval officer, he joined H.P. Hood and Sons, New England’s largest dairy, founded by his great grandfather in 1846 where he served as the company’s Treasurer until its sale in 1980. Charles was a devoted graduate of Dartmouth College, and was passionate all his life about helping children, health, education and the arts. He served as class agent, class president, and president of the Dartmouth Alumni Association of Greater Boston. In addition he was on the national committee for the Dartmouth Medical School Campaign, the Dartmouth Alumni Council, a member for the Third Century Fund, and was national chairman of the Dartmouth Alumni Fund. Charles was committed to the arts as a collector and a patron. He was a major contributor to the Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College, named for his father, Harvey P. Hood, Dartmouth class of 1918. Charles has served on the Museum’s Board of Overseers for 15 years and most recently, he played a pivotal role advancing a significant expansion of the Hood Museum, which will be completed in 2019. For 35 years he served as President of the Charles H. Hood Foundation which provides much needed support to Boston hospitals and child-health research throughout New England. The Charles H. Hood Foundation was incorporated in 1942 to improve the health and quality of life for children through grant support of New England-based pediatric researchers. In total, the Foundation has distributed over $63 million to New England investigators, many of whom are now leaders in child health research. Charles served as an Overseer of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston and as a Trustee and Corporation member of the Joslin Diabetes Center. He was on the boards of New England Deaconess Hospital and Boston Children's Hospital Medical Center, and served on the overseers’ Visiting Committee of Harvard Medical School. He was a Trustee of Cardigan Mountain School and Lesley College and was an Incorporator of Boston's Museum of Science. He served on the Alumni Council of Phillips Academy, Andover, president of the Harvard Business School Greater Boston Alumni Association and Trustee of the Opera Company of Boston. He was a Director of the State Street Bank & Trust Company for 25 years as well as Treasurer of the Boston Study Group, president of the Treasurers Club of Boston, life member of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, and a member of the Commercial Club of Boston. Family has always been most important to Charles. He opened his heart and his home to a large extended family that loved him dearly. He has been the glue that sustained the connection in the lives and hearts of his 11 nieces and nephews, 29 grand nieces and nephews and 4 great-grand nieces. Charles is survived by his wife Judy Hood and sister Olivia Hood Parker. Charles is predeceased by his son Harvey Perley Hood, and sisters Barbara Hood Carpenter and Helen Hood Smiley. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, July 14 at 2:00 P.M. at the Emmanuel Chapel at 24 Masconomo Street, Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA. Memorial donations may be made to the Dartmouth Hood Museum. Information, directions and condolences at www.campbellfuneral.com
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Published in Boston Herald on July 10, 2016