Douglas Rand Woodworth
1928 - 2015
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Douglas Rand Woodworth April 14, 1928 - July 1, 2015 SAN DIEGO -- Judge Douglas Rand Woodworth passed away after a brief illness on July 1, 2015, at the age of 87 in San Diego, California , his home for over sixty years.
Doug was a loving and devoted husband, father, and grandfather. His family and all who knew him will remember him as a man with a profound strength of character, as a walking dictionary and Wikipedia, and as a fun-loving adventurer with a wonderful sense of humor. He was a kind of pater familias not just to his immediate family, but also to those who sought his counsel and assistance.
In addition to his career in law, first as an attorney in private practice and later serving over 20 years as a judge, Doug was a stamp collector, bridge player, language buff, and world traveler. He was also active in civic service.
Born on April 14, 1928, Doug grew up in Los Angeles, California. At the age of 16 he enrolled in Stanford University and graduated in 1948 with a degree in international relations. At Stanford, he met fellow student Patricia Helk and married her in 1949. While working full time, Doug attended night school at the University of San Francisco School of Law, graduating in 1952. In 1953 Doug and his family moved to San Diego, Pat's home town, where he built his civil law practice. He was a partner in the firm Stickney, Ortlieb, Woodworth and Moats before starting a solo practice. In 1968, at the age of 40, he was appointed by Governor Ronald Reagan to the Municipal Court. He was elevated to the Superior Court in 1972. Doug formally retired from the bench in 1988 though he continued to work by assignment as a "substitute judge" for many years.
Doug was a Shriner and a member of the Lions Club. He served on the Committee of 100, the board of Campfire Girls and was active in the San Diego Bar Association, where he also contributed many articles to its newsletter. Doug shared his sense of civic obligation with his grandchildren by taking them to make donations to the San Diego Rescue Mission annually for the past 30 years.
After 59 years of marriage, Pat passed away in 2009. In 2014, Doug, ever the optimist, married Ann Wallace, a family friend of 55 years. Doug began his devotion to stamp collecting as a young boy. His collection ultimately spanned many volumes despite his self-imposed limitation to stamps issued prior to World War II.
Doug began playing bridge avidly in college. A highlight of his travels was the games he arranged to play with Pat in local clubs throughout the world. For decades, Doug enjoyed monthly games with the same group of friends. He achieved Silver Life Master, one of the highest levels recognized by competitive bridge. Doug's love of language was reflected in his extensive readings on word usage and etymology as well as countless hours spent with his favorite unabridged dictionary. Doug was able to read and converse in French, German and Spanish. He also had considerable skills in Arabic and several other languages.
Doug and Pat traveled throughout the world, crisscrossing six continents. For many of the trips, he organized and booked the arrangements himself and later created detailed travel albums. In later years, he and Pat took their grandchildren on special trips. Doug's last significant world adventure was his honeymoon trip with Ann to Asia.
Doug is survived by his wife Ann, his children, Julie Halliday (John Wertz), Martha Woodworth (Alec Harootunian), and Victor (Melanie), and his grandchildren, James Halliday, Diana Halliday, Lucas Michaels, Calvin Michaels, and John Woodworth II. He was predeceased by his first son, John Woodworth.
A memorial service will be held at All Soul's Episcopal Church at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, August 8. It will be followed by a reception at The Thursday Club in Point Loma. The family encourages donations to the San Diego Rescue Mission (, The Committee of 100 (, or a charity of choice.

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Published in San Diego Union-Tribune on Jul. 10, 2015.
Memorial service
10:30 AM
All Soul's Episcopal Church
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July 17, 2015
Dear Ann, Julie and Family, joe and I were so sorry to hear of the passing of Judge Woodworth. What a remarkable man! He will be dearly missed at TC & ZLAC functions. We will be out of town and sorry to miss his service at All Soul's. Sending you all hugs.
Linda & Joe Davis
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