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Thomas Mullen Woodward, Jr.
June 12, 1930 ~ September 18, 2023 (age 93) 93 Years Old
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Thomas M. Woodward, Jr., of Greensboro, VT, died peacefully in his home on September 18, 2023, surrounded by his loving family.
Born on June 12, 1930, in Washington, D.C., Tom attended the Landon School (MD) and graduated from The Western High School (DC) in 1948. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Haverford College in 1952 and a Master’s degree in Education from Harvard in 1953. He taught at the Belmont Hill School (MA) for a short time before serving in the US Army Intelligence Division in the Pentagon from 1954-56. Tom taught at the Kew Forest School (NYC) where he also served as Assistant Headmaster. He then taught at The Haverford School (PA) for a total of 16 years, where he was appointed College Counselor, Registrar, Assistant Headmaster and Director of Development. While at Haverford, Tom was a reader and grader for the College Entrance Examination Board’s English Achievement essay examination.
In 1976 Tom was appointed Headmaster of The Hun School of Princeton (NJ) and in 1979 Headmaster of Montgomery Day School (PA), which he administered for eight years. In 1987 he and his wife, Barbara, moved to Florida, where he was appointed Headmaster of the Gulf Stream School. In retirement Tom received a call from Woodland Country Day School in Salem, NJ, to run the school during its search for a permanent head.
Following his official retirement from education in 1992, Tom and Barbara settled in their summer home in their beloved Greensboro and became engaged with a variety of volunteer activities. The couple first raised money for the new Greensboro Historical Society home and the Craftsbury Chamber Players. During his retirement Tom was on the boards of various local organizations, including the Mountain View Country Club (once as Vice President), The Greensboro Association, and president of the Federation of Lake Associations (northern Vermont). In 1994 Tom and Barbara began writing the Greensboro Historical Society Newsletter, which once received a special award from the Vermont Historical Society as the best newsletter of the year.
Tom and Barbara met in college and were married the day after Tom’s graduation. They were married for 71 years. Tom is survived by his wife, Barbara, and family: Edith Woodward and Martha Voland of Portland, ME; Thomas M. Woodward, III of Greensboro, VT; Emilie Woodward of Leeds, MA; and Thomas Benjamin Woodward and Sara Woodward of Bend, OR.
Tom was “almost born in Greensboro,” arriving at the age of two months in 1930, and spent every summer there. Of all the places in the world he and Barbara traveled, Greensboro remained the special place in his heart and the place he chose to live out his life.
A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, September 23, 2023 at 2:00pm at St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church, 39 West Church Street, Hardwick, VT.