-- Matt Schudel Thursday, September 10, 2009
Morton Wood, 86, a mechanical engineer who owned his own engineering firm, died
Aug. 10 of pneumonia and sepsis at the nursing facility of the Veterans Affairs Medical
Center in Washington. He was a Bethesda resident.
Mr. Wood was born in Washington and was a graduate of the old Western High School
(1941). He served in the Army during World War II and survived the Dec. 24, 1944,
sinking of the troopship S.S. Leopoldville. An estimated 800 servicemen died in the
He was recalled to active duty in the Korean War and was severely wounded by
machine-gun fire in 1951.
After graduating from Virginia Tech in 1947, Mr. Wood joined the engineering firm of H.
Walton Redmile Associates. He later became the owner of the company before retiring
in the 1970s. He then worked as a consulting engineer with the Montgomery County
public schools until the 1990s.
He enjoyed singing with the Old Line Four barbershop quartet and was a member of the
Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barbershop Quartet Singing in
He also enjoyed golf and owned a driving range in College Park in the late 1940s and
He was a member of Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church in Bethesda.
Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Ella Boothe Wood of Bethesda.