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Donald Robert Woodford ’40

Published in Apr. 22, 1998, issue

Don Woodford, who resided in Upper Montclair, N.J., died in late Feb. 1997. From Lawrenceville School, where he was a member of the band and orchestra, he majored at Princeton in English and played in the band all four years. A member of Gateway Club, he roomed two years with Jack Baird. In 1942 Don enlisted in the Army Signal Corps and wound up in Hawaii as a service news chief. Later he was appointed managing editor of Bell Telephone Magazine. During his long career and varied assignments, mostly editorial, with AT&T and New Jersey Bell Telephone Co., he contributed many thousands of words to Bell System publications.

We know that Don was fond of music centering around the organ. At one time he had constructed a "three-way organ in my home. It has come to be known variously as Woodford's Folly, and, in a somewhat bawdy vein, Woodford's New Organ."

Don is profoundly missed by his wife of 53 years, Marian, and two daughters, Linda and Bonnie Woodford-Potter. The class shares their grief.

In our 25th Year Book Don wrote, "I have enough interests to keep me busy from here on in, and I intend to keep busy until Gabriel blows the trumpet; and when he does, I hope he doesn't crack the notes. I can't stand sloppy playing."

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