Kevin George Wood
May 18, 1936 - October 9, 2013
Kevin Wood, a longtime South Bay resident passed away on October 9th with his family by his side following a brief illness. He was an attorney specializing in family law and general litigation In Redondo Beach from 1975 until 2011.
Born in Long Beach in 1936, Wood was a 1953 graduate of Saint Anthony's High School. Prior to attending college, Wood served as a Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1955 to 1960, first as an electronics instructor at MCRD San Diego, then as a guard at the U.S. Embassy in Paris, France.
After leaving the military Wood earned a Bachelor of Arts in Physics from UC Berkeley in 1964 and a Master of Arts in Physics from Long Beach State in 1968. He married his college sweetheart, Carol Dennerlein, in 1963. Wood worked as an engineer-physicist specializing in research and development for several companies, most notably Hughes Aircraft where he designed traveling wave tubes from 1967 to 1976.
While working full time at Hughes, Wood attended law school at night earning his Juris Doctorate from Loyola School of Law in 1975. He passed the California State Bar Exam immediately after and went into private practice, providing individuals and small businesses with conscientious and meticulous service. His clients appreciated his high principles and caring attitude, which helped him earn Martindale-Hubbell's Highest Rating for Legal Ability and Ethics.
During the early eighties, Wood served as the Technical Marketing Manager for Atomika Instruments Inc., a German owned manufacturer of secondary ion mass spectrometers. He later served as lead counsel for the Women's Professional Volleyball Association from 1995 through 1997.
Wood was well regarded for his wacky and acerbic wit. He loved old movies, classical music and foreign languages, of which he was conversant in five. His greatest joy was supporting the athletic and academic achievements of his daughters and granddaughters, and he was known for his booming voice at local high school, club, college and beach volleyball games.
Kevin will be greatly missed by his wife of fifty years, Carol; his daughters, Christi Flentie (Larry) and Alison Lamberson (John); his granddaughters, Madeline Flentie, Josephine Lamberson and step granddaughter, Kaylee Whitworth; his brother, Kerry (Sarah) and loving in-laws, nephews and a host of long-time friends.
A beach casual Memorial Service celebrating Kevin's life will be held November 3rd at 3 p.m. at La Venta Inn in Palos Verdes Estates. In lieu of flowers those who desire may make memorial donations in Kevin's name to the Providence TrinityCare Hospice Foundation Palliative Care Fund at: https://appsor.providence.org/donations/foundation.aspx. Please sign the guest book at www.dailybreeze.com/obits. "Now cracks a noble heart. Good-night, sweet prince; And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest."
- William Shakespeare, Hamlet
Published in Daily Breeze on Oct. 29, 2013