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Lawrence Wood - Long time team supporter dies

Lawrence Wood was born December 7, 1918 at Refugio, Texas. He passed away on January 5, 2005 after a short illness. His father Richard Henry Wood, and his mother, Carrie Lambert Wood, were of Texas families with deep Irish roots. Interested in engineering and business administration, Wood joined Braniff Airways of Dallas, Texas after college. In 1940, he began a short but varied two years as co-pilot instructor, and administrator and became involved in the engineering aspects of airport design and construction. In 1942, his experience with the airlines led to the rank of Captain and Pilot. Following the entry of the United States into World War II he became associated with the Contract Carrier Division - Air Transport Command. Transferred in 1943, Mr. Wood became instructor of Army/Air Force transportation crews. In 1947, after the War and another brief stint with Braniff, he returned to Refugio. Lawrence Wood continued his association with flying through the years. He was one of the organizers of the Refugio Soaring Circle and served several years as a Director of the Soaring Society of America as a past President. In 1986 he received the Soaring Society's highest award - The Warren E. Eaton Memorial. The Lawrence Wood Fund was established in 1997 by donating his personal Nimbus 3DT to the U.S. Team Soaring Committee to show his support of this effort. The U.S. Team Soaring Committee elected to sell the aircraft on the open market and to apply all proceeds over $100,000 for the benefit of the 1997 U.S. Team. The corpus of $100,000 was used to establish an honorary fund in the name of Lawrence Wood. Interest accrued by the Lawrence Wood Fund will be made available to the U.S. Soaring Team. He attended the Nationals in Uvalde last August and spoke with Mark Huffstutler about doing some flights in a Ximango motorglider. He loved soaring and dreamt of it until his death. For more on Mr. Woods see the link here.

Posted: 3/1/2005

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