Deceased March 14, 2021

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In Memory

Woody was born in Cleveland and attended University School before entering Amherst. He was a member of Beta and led the soccer team to many victories. After college, he ran a company in the steel industry and then Knollwood, a well-known Cleveland cemetery, until his death from cancer in March. 

Woody had four sons from his first marriage—one named Gage, in honor of his good Amherst friend Gage Hindle ’56—and loved to regale us with anecdotes of their successes. In 1976, he married Susie, who had children of her own. They were proud of the way they successfully blended the two families.

Woody’s great passion was the sport of fishing. He fished the remote lakes in northern Canada to catch his trophy fish. Eventually, he moved on to fly-fishing and soon had enough equipment to make Orvis proud. He was a member of the Rockwell Trout Club in Castalia, Ohio, where he drove over every Thursday to catch the elusive browns and rainbows. In early fall, a group of friends would drive to Michigan to fish the Pere Marquette River for salmon that ran up to 25 pounds and then release them to spawn, all with fly rods! Woody was in his element on the river, enjoying the fall colors and watching the eagles soar overhead in the company of his good friends and the outdoors.

He and Susie enjoyed traveling through New England after a reunion, to Amelia island, Fla., and abroad. He was also creative—designing their home in Chagrin Falls, located deep in the woods. He designed a building on the cemetery grounds, which the board named after him, and where he was laid to rest.

Woody and I, and our wives, enjoyed many wonderful times together. He is missed.

John Fulton ’56