Obituary: Howard Alan Wood

Howard Alan Wood

Howard Alan Wood, 84, passed away peacefully at home in Scottsdale, Ariz., on Saturday, Dec. 24, 2018. Howard was born June 4, 1934, the second of three sons to Gardner and Ruth (Hall) Wood in Naugatuck, Conn.

On Nov. 3, 1956, he married Barbara Ann Knox in New Milford, Conn. They were married 44 years until her passing in 2001. Howard graduated from Purdue University in 1956, subsequently completing his graduate degree in engineering at Yale University. He made his living as a structural mechanics engineer at Sikorsky Helicopter in Connecticut, B.F. Goodrich in Troy, Ohio, and Wright-Patterson AFB in Dayton, Ohio. Although he had a celebrated career in engineering, his passion was photography. He spent his last two decades capturing both light and nature in his award-winning photographs.

Survivors include his daughter, Sondra (Harvey) Kohn of Menomonee Falls, Wis.; his two sons Bradley Wood (Bill Lavender) of Seattle, Wash., and Gregory (Cindy) Wood of Newmarket, N.H.; three grandchildren, Lindsay Wood, Matthew Boney and Elizabeth Boney; and a brother, Stephen of Marblehead, Mass.; as well as many nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends. Howard was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara; his brother, Gardner; and two sisters-in-law, Betsy Wood and Phyllis Losaw.

A family memorial service/burial will be held on June 15, 2019 at Maple Hill Cemetery, Tipp City, Ohio.

Memorial donations can be made to the Center for Creative Photography at the University of Arizona. Donations can be made online at There is a tribute section at the bottom of the page to remember Howard. Donations can also be made via mail. Checks should be payable to the UA Foundation for the benefit of Center for Creative Photography in memory of Howard Wood and sent to the attention of: Meg Hagyard, Senior Director of Development Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona, 1030 N. Olive Rd./P.O. Box 210103, Tucson, AZ 85721-0103.