Deceased April 18, 2018
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Tom Woodbridge of Freeport, Fla.—the son of John A. Woodbridge ’24—passed away peacefully on April 18 with his usual smile on his face. He was under tender Vitas hospice care.
At Amherst, Tom was a member of Alpha Delta Phi and was active in the theater. In the final year, he transferred to Montana State College to earn a degree in animal husbandry.
He and his wife, Martha, shared 64 years of love and adventure starting with his service as a Korean War Naval officer. He worked on the Boeing 747 in Seattle, was manager of the Bar C Ranch in Kaycee, Wyo. (site of the famous Johnson County wars between cattlemen and sheep ranchers), and then became a county agent in Montana when the ranch was sold.
He spent many years working for Monsanto in St. Louis and Mobil Chemical Co. in Richmond, Va., in the agricultural chemical divisions. Finally, he went into business for himself. He was co-owner of Car Pool Auto Wash, with five locations in Richmond, and the colorful and well-known Tom and Jerry NASCAR race car. He and Martha retired to the Florida Keys.
Tom was a man of great integrity and caring with a thunderous laugh. He was a Unitarian. He was a member of the Society for the Preservation and Enjoyment of Barbershop Singing in America, singing lead in the award-winning Richmond Virginians and in Great Expectations in Florida. His additional interests were fishing and reading, especially naval and Civil War history.
He is survived by his wife, Martha; a son, John; daughters Martha Monds, Gertrude Anderson and Francesca Simmons; seven grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.