B. Woods III
LOWVILLE, N.Y. —
John B. Woods III, 76, died
Monday, April 2, at Lewis County General Hospital surrounded
He was born in New York City on March 26, 1936, in New York
City, the son of the John and Edelmira Lopez Woods. At 16
years of age he graduated from Boy's High in Brooklyn, NY,
entering Brooklyn College. He earned a B.S. from Columbia
University, an M.A. from New York University, attended the
Maxwell Institute at Syracuse University, and completed many
and various professional courses.
A self-starter, Mr. Woods taught himself to ride horses;
trained, entered and finished the U.S. Marine Corps
Marathon; was an amateur actor and produced community plays.
He played tennis, golf and some polo. He spoke fluent French
Mr. Woods joined the United States Agency for International
Development (USAID) in 1967. He served 25 years in Vietnam,
Laos, Cameroon, Washington, D.C., Chad and Fiji. He was the
USAID Mission Director in Chad and Regional Director in the
South Pacific. Commissioned twice by President Ronald
Reagan, he also received the Vietnam Service Medal and
several USAID mission awards, and was honored with the
Republique Nationale du Tchad Ordre Nationale. Following his
retirement as a Senior Foreign Service Officer, Mr. Woods
spent time as a private consultant in West Africa.
He retired to his home on Tug Hill in 1992, where he began a
small farm. His favorite animals were his horse, Hercules,
St. Bernard dog, Bailiff, and cat, Jupiter.
Mr. Woods believed in his community. He was the Harrisburg
Town Justice for 18 years, and appointed Town Justice for
Montague and Pinckney from 2008 until 2011. In November
2011, the Honorable John B. Woods was elected Town Justice
of HMP (Harrisburg, Montague and Pinckney) Town Court - the
first combined town court in New York State. He was proud to
have been a judge.
He was a member of the New York State Magistrates
Association, the Lewis County Magistrates and Court Clerks
Association, and the Lewis County General Hospital Board of
Directors, serving as its president from 2000 to 2002 and
again from 2007 to 2008. He was most recently Chair of the
Lewis County General Hospital Foundation. Mr. Woods was an
elder of the First Presbyterian Church in Lowville, serving
on several committees over the years. He was the moderator
for a series of foreign affairs discussions for the Lewis
County Historical Society. He was a member of the Foreign
Service Association and had been a member of Rotary
International in Chad and Fiji.
Married to Elizabeth Ann (Betty) VanDuyn on April 21, 1962
at Riverside Church in New York City, he leaves behind his
wife of 50 years and three children, Victoria Woods
Csicsmann of Chantilly, VA, John R. of Wahiawa, HI and Anne
Maschino, of Fairfax, VA and their spouses, Carlos, Leslie
and Karl; and his six grandchildren, John R., II, and
Melanie Woods; Natasha and Nicholas Csicsmann; and Hannah
and Ryan Maschino. Also surviving are his sister, Irene
Catanzaro of Brooklyn, NY, nephew Mitchell Catanzaro of
Leesburg, VA, and niece, Linda Catanzaro of Brooklyn, NY,
and many other relatives and friends.
service will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 10, at the First
Presbyterian Church with Rev. Herb Swanson, Pastor
officiating. Private Burial will be in Old Glendale
Cemetery. Friends may call 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday,
April 9, at Sundquist Funeral Home.
Mr. Woods will be remembered for his love and pride of his
family, community and country. Memorials in John B. Woods's
name may be made to: Lewis County Hospital Foundation, 7785
N. State Street, Lowville, NY 13367; Doctors Without Borders
USA, P.O. Box 5030, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5030, http://www.
doctorswithoutborders.org/ ; or American Lung
Association in New York, Albany, 155 Washington Ave. Suite
210, Albany, NY 12210, http://www.lung.org/
Condolences may be made on the online guest book at www.sundquistfh.com.
Information provided by
Sundquist Funeral Home of Lowville and Newzjunky, Watertown,