Obituary - Thomas Wood, Jr.

The Honorable Thomas Wood, Jr., 92, of Muncy, a prominent Lycoming County Attorney and Judge, died Tuesday, September 25, 2007 at the Muncy Valley Hospital. Born in Muncy on April 11, 1915, he was a son of Thomas and Blanche (Stoner) Wood and was the fifth generation of his family to reside in Muncy.

Judge Wood was a 1932 graduate of Muncy High School and was inducted into the Muncy High School Academic Hall of Fame in 1997. Following a family tradition begun by his parents and now spanning four generations, he attended Bucknell University, graduating in 1937. He received his law degree from Dickinson School of Law in 1940 and began his legal career in Philadelphia.

Following three years of service in the U. S. Navy during World War II, he joined his father and brother William in the practice of law in Williamsport and Muncy, establishing the firm of Wood and Wood; later Wood, Stuart and Murphy. He was a former Assistant United States Attorney, a former Special Deputy Attorney General for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and a former solicitor for Muncy and Picture Rocks Boroughs and Moreland and Clinton Townships.

In 1964, he was elected to a ten-year term as Judge in the Court of Common Pleas of Lycoming County. Following his departure from the bench, he became Director of Susquehanna Legal Services, Inc. In 1978, he was named a Federal Bankruptcy Judge for the Middle District of PA, and in 1986 and 1987, he came out of retirement to serve as an interim Federal Bankruptcy Judge in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

In 1960 he developed Highland Ski Area, in Huntersville, PA. Over the next ten years, he introduced hundreds of men, women and children to his favorite sport.

A member of the Muncy Presbyterian Church, he also served as an Elder there. He was a member and past president of the Muncy Rotary Club; past president of the Lycoming Law Association; member of Roland Ritter Post #268, American Legion and Muncy Lodge #299, Free & Accepted Masons, and served on the Boards of Directors of numerous local organizations, including the Muncy Valley Hospital. An active Boy Scout in his youth, he maintained a significant commitment to scouting and was a recipient of the Silver Beaver Award, the highest level of recognition for service to the Boy Scout movement.

A lifelong democrat, a dedicated skier, an expert (but very sneaky) tennis player, an unparalleled husband, father and grandfather, an exemplary community servant and good friend, he was a man of conscience, commitment and quiet strength, who was loved, honored and respected by all who had the privilege to be part of his life.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara Stirling Wood, of Muncy; son, James Wood (Gloria Miele) of Williamsport and Muncy; daughters, Susan Wood Holt (Douglas) of Williamsville, NY and Kathryn Wood McCorkle (David) of Mechanicsburg, PA; stepdaughter, Winona Marrel (Julian) of Lyon, France; sister, Fannie Rachel “Suze” Brown (Rod) of Newtown Square, PA; grandchildren, Elizabeth Miele, Cutter Wood, Peter McCorkle, Erin McCorkle Harcourt, Carolyn Holt Wentler, and Matthew and Michael Holt; two step-grandchildren, six great-grandsons and numerous nieces and nephews who revered him as “Uncle Chief”.

He was predeceased in 1998 by his first wife, Irene Gentzler Wood, after 58 years of marriage, and by three brothers; William H. Wood, Harry Peterman Wood and James Stoner Wood.