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Walter Wood (1850-1934)

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Walter Wood (1850-1934)

1934 Obituary [1]

WALTER WOOD died, after a short illness, in Washington on April 20, 1934, aged eighty-four.

He was a son of Richard Davis Wood who founded the firm of R. D. Wood & Co., Philadelphia, cast-iron pipe manufacturers, in 1803.

After graduating from Haverford College in 1867 he took post-graduate work at Harvard University, and later became identified with his father's firm; for sixty-three years he was president of the Company. He was also at the head of the Florence Pipe Foundry and Machine Co., Florence, New Jersey, as well as of a number of other enterprises.

In recent years Mr. Wood had been an active proponent of the building of a ship canal across New Jersey to connect the Delaware River with Raritan Bay. He was actively interested in civic affairs throughout his life and had served in 1880 on the Committee of One Hundred to improve local government conditions.

He was one of the organizers and a charter member of the American Foundrymen's Association, and he was also a member of the American Society of Metals, the American Institute of Mining and Metallurgical Engineers, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the American Society for Testing Materials and the American Waterworks Association.

Mr. Wood became a member of the Iron and Steel Institute in 1898, and throughout the long years of his membership he always took a very lively interest in all its affairs and activities.

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