1930 - 2012
William Woudenberg known as "Woody" or "Bill" to his friends and family was an accomplished draftsmen and designer. Originally from Prospect Park NJ he was the second youngest of 5 brothers.
He served with the US Marines in Korea and attended Cooper Union University in New York.
He was in the first Peace Corps Group that went to Colombia in 1961.He was known for innovative methods of reinforcing concrete with woven bamboo during his service.
Later he worked for Care in Nigeria building bridges and then in India and Bangladesh.
In Bangladesh he made extensive use of reinforcing polyester resin with Jute fabric and constructed everything from concrete forms to refrigerated boxes for rickshaws and buildings constructed partially or completely from the material. His legacy here lives on to this day as the material is still being made there.
On his return to the USA he did freelance drafting for precast concrete and worked on many prominent buildings in New York including The Flatiron and many Broadway Theaters. He even did the working drawings for Jon Bon Jovi's House in NJ.
He became an accomplished artist in watercolor,chalk and oil in his retirement and recieved many awards for his art including a proclamation of appreciation from the town of Weehawken for his work.
He passed away from natural causes in his beloved apartment in Weehawken NJ that had a view of the NYC skyline. He was 81 years old.
He is survived by his wife Maikka Deboer his son Robert his wife Sharon and 3 Grandaughters as well as his younger Brother Tom's family as well as the other 3 brothers Families.
My Dad was a great man that always treated people fairly and was kind to animals. He was smart, opiniated and interesting right to the very end.
We all miss him dearly.
Published on NYTimes.com from September 7 to September 8, 2012