Deceased October 21, 2013
Thomas E. Wood, age 74, devoted husband, father and grandfather; respected attorney; great and generous friend, died peacefully at his home in Devon, Pa., on Oct. 21, 2013, surrounded by his family, after an eight-month battle with pancreatic cancer. It was a graceful departure from a well-lived life.
Tom was a southern California golden boy—handsome, charming and gregarious, with a stunning physique. How did he end up at a place like Amherst? Despite the superficial glitz, he was a man of depth and substance. Tom benefited and grew from the intellectual rigors of Amherst.
Tom met, charmed, courted and married the lovely and beautiful (inside and out) Sally Shultz (Mt. Holyoke ’61) from Philadelphia. They have two daughters, Julie ’88 and Melissa. Beauty begets beauty.
After getting his law degree from Penn in 1966, Tom joined the Philadelphia firm Drinker, Biddle & Reath, where he practiced corporate and securities law for more than 40 years.
Beyond his professional activities, Tom’s service on the boards of the Baldwin School (Bryn Mawr) and the Apprenticeshop, a wooden boat-building school in Rockland, Maine, attested to an abiding interest in opportunities for the next generation. So too did his mentoring of individual young friends, notably the orphaned children of our classmate Boyd Hinds ’61.
It was my great privilege and pleasure to be Tom’s friend. We were Chi Psi fraternity brothers and roommates. We stayed in touch until his death. I was fortunate to visit Sally and Tom often over the years in their charming Revolutionary-era home in Pennsylvania and their summer home in Maine.
Tom’s passing leaves a hole in the lives of all those who knew him well. I think of him often.
Robert S. Barrett ’61