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ATLANTA, GA: Allen R. Wood died Sept. 27, 2014, in Atlanta, Ga., from complications of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Mr. Wood, formerly of Pittsburgh, Pa., and Bluffton, S.C., is survived by his wife of 60 years, Elizabeth B. Wood; three sons, Gary A. Wood (Jody) of Roswell, Ga., Jeffrey B. Wood (Claudia) of River Forest, Ill., and James M. Wood of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; and four grandchildren, Abby, Charley, Caroline, and Adam Wood. He is also survived by a sister-in-law, Dorothy S. Wood of Hardwick, Mass.; a brother-in-law, A. Ralph Barlow of Providence, R.I.; and one niece and two nephews.

Mr. Wood was born March 1, 1932, in Andover, Mass., to the late Harold N. and Georgianna M. Wood. He received his B.A. in Economics from Allegheny College in 1954 and his M.B.A. in Business Administration from the University of Pittsburgh in 1969. He served in the U.S. Army from 1955 through 1957. Following his military service, he and Mrs. Wood settled in Pittsburgh, Pa., and raised their sons in the suburb of Penn Hills. He worked for Westinghouse Corporation in Pittsburgh, Pa., in various executive capacities until his 1994 retirement as Director of Real Estate and Construction.

Mr. Wood made friends wherever he went; he thrived being among people and will be missed by his family and many friends. He lived a life of service, using his professional skills to assist nonprofit and religious organizations. He served on the vestry of St. James Episcopal Church, the board of the Salvation Army, and in various professional societies for industrial real estate. He and Mrs. Wood retired to Bluffton, S.C., in 1997 and spent their summers at the Chautauqua Institution in New York, where he enjoyed gardening, lectures, and music.

A memorial service for Mr. Wood was held at All Saints Episcopal Church at 3001 Meeting St., Hilton Head, SC 29926 on Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014, at 2 p.m., followed by interment at the church's columbarium. A reception was held afterward in the church parish house. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his name to the Chautaqua Foundation, www.chautauquafoundation.org, or by mail to P.O. Box 28, Chautauqua, NY 14722.
Published on  October 30, 2014
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