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William Taylor Wood Jr. Obituary
William Taylor Wood, Jr.

AGE: 72 • Wilmington

William Taylor Wood, Jr. died peacefully at the age of 72 on May 2, 2014 at his home in Wilmington. Bill battled cancer for two years prior to his death. His family was with him when he died.

Bill was the son of the late William Taylor Wood and the late Evelyn Dawson Wood. He was born in Roanoke, Virginia on February 24, 1942. Following his graduation from Tower Hill School in Wilmington, Delaware in 1959, he attended Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania. After his freshman year, he left the East Coast and transferred to Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1963. He went on to attend the University of Michigan Law School and received his J.D. from Michigan in 1966. While there, he met his wife, Jane Klotzbach Wood. They were married in the summer of 1966 in Jane's hometown of Traverse City, Michigan. In 1968, while living in Atlanta, Georgia and practicing law at Smith, Currie & Hancock, Bill's first child, William Taylor Wood, III (Bill), was born. The following year, Bill and his family moved to Moorestown, New Jersey, and he joined the legal department of the Campbell Soup Company. Bill's daughter, Susan Wood Waesco, was born in 1972.

Shortly after his daughter's birth, Bill and his family moved to Wilmington, where he lived until his death. Bill worked for E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company in the Legal Department for fifteen years, retiring as the Director of State and Local Affairs. In 1986, Bill left DuPont to found his own government relations firm. Prior to his retirement at the end of 2013, he represented a wide range of clients before the Delaware legislature, first with William T. Wood, Jr. & Associates, Inc., then with Wood, Byrd & Associates, Inc., and finally with Wood & Associates, Inc.

Bill was active in the community. He served on the Board of Trustees of Tower Hill School for twenty-five years and was President of the Board from 1993 to 1996. He was a founding member of the Green & White Club, an organization dedicated to supporting Tower Hill athletics, and was a strong supporter of the arts at Tower Hill, culminating in the building of the Arts Center while he was on the Board. In September 2013, Bill was honored to receive the Founders' Achievement Award from Tower Hill. Bill was a longtime member and past President of the Rotary Club of Wilmington, helped found the Delaware Business Roundtable, and served on various boards and advisory committees. He was a member of Grace United Methodist Church in downtown Wilmington since childhood.

Bill loved to travel. He was especially fond of vacationing in Sanibel, Florida each spring, and spent much of the summer in Suttons Bay, Michigan. He was a devoted family man and took great pleasure in spending time with his wife, children and grandchildren. He was passionate about University of Michigan football and basketball, Tower Hill football and the Phillies. Prior to his illness, Bill made time nearly every day to walk, and spent many mornings walking around the outdoor track or inside the field house at Tower Hill. Bill was an avid reader and enjoyed working on the New York Times crossword puzzle each Sunday with his wife.

In addition to his wife, Jane, he is survived by his children, Bill and Susan; their spouses, Julie Arp Wood and Kevin Michael Waesco; and five grandchildren: Daniel, Jacob and Evelyn Wood of Atlanta, Georgia, and Michael and Nicholas Waesco of Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania. He was very close to his extended family, and is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at Grace United Methodist Church, 900 N. Washington Street, Wilmington, Delaware on Saturday, May 17, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. All are invited to join Bill's family for a reception immediately following the service in the lower lobby of the Pierre S. du Pont Arts Center at Tower Hill School, 2813 W. 17th Street, Wilmington, Delaware. Interment will be held privately at a later date in Lower Brandywine Cemetery.

Bill's family would like to extend their sincere thanks to the nurses and nursing assistants at Delaware Hospice who helped make the last months of his life more comfortable. They demonstrated true kindness and respect for Bill, and for that his family is grateful.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Bill's memory to the Ronald McDonald House of Delaware or the Tower Hill General Financial Aid Fund, which supports financial aid awards for students attending Tower Hill.

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Published in The News Journal from May 9 to May 11, 2014
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