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On January 25, 2013, Willard W. "Woody" Brittain, Jr. of Bonita Springs, Florida, and Princeton, New Jersey, passed on surrounded by family and friends after a three-year battle with ALS. Woody Brittain was a native of Arlington, Virginia, and graduated from Wakefield High School in 1966. He earned a B.A. in Economics at Yale University in 1970 and a MBA in Finance at Harvard University School of Business in 1972.
Woody led the Washington, DC, office of Price Waterhouse from 1983 for ten years and was a member of its board of directors. In 1994, he was appointed Price Waterhouse Chief Operating Officer and moved to New York City. There he directed the historic merger of Price Waterhouse and Coopers & Lybrand. Woody's management talents led to his election to the boards of five Fortune 500 companies. Upon his retirement from Pricewaterhouse Coopers in 2003, Woody founded the executive search and consulting firm Professional Resources on Demand.
A dedicated volunteer, Woody mentored dozens of young people while also serving on the boards of the National Urban League, the Northern Virginia Urban League, LEAD, the YMCA of New York City, and the Washington Ballet. As a Yale alumnus, Woody established the Yale ORD Leadership Program and the Brittain-Palmer Fund for innovative programs of the Yale Afro-American Cultural Center. In addition, he served on the Yale Corporation Audit Committee and the Dean's Board of Advisors of the Harvard Business School. Yale University bestowed its highest alumni honor, The Yale Medal, on Woody in November of 2011.
He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Deborah Carpenter Brittain, daughter Lindsey Elwin Brittain, of New York City, sister Barbara Y. Brittain, of Arlington, Virginia, and numerous loving relatives. Services will be held Friday, February 1, at Mount Olive Baptist Church, 1601 13th Road South, Arlington, Virginia 22204. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and Homegoing Services at 11:30 AM. Interment will follow at Pleasant Valley Memorial Cemetery, 8420 Little River Turnpike, Annandale, Virginia 22003. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made in Woody's memory to the National Urban League, 120 Wall Street, New York, NY 10005 .

Published in The Washington Post on Feb. 1, 2013
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