Mr. Robert Evans Woods, a much loved and respected long-time resident of Darien, passed away peacefully on May 30, 2017. Bob, aged 96, was born in Corning, NY to Arthur and Eleanora Woods. He is survived by his wife of 72 years, Geraldine, three sons and their wives: Bob Jr. and Mary, Jerry and Kate, and Chris and Debbie; seven grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
Bob attended Bucknell prior to transferring to the U.S. Naval Academy, and then moved on to West Point. He was chosen to command the Corps of Cadets as First Captain during his final year, and appeared on the cover of Time magazine as such in June 1945. He was cited as “a man who was able to command, willing to obey, eager to serve, quick to learn, honest, strong, and able.” An all-around athlete who participated in football, track, baseball, wrestling, fencing and boxing, he is in the West Point Athletic Hall of Fame as the only man to have been on the starting team for both Annapolis and West Point in the Army-Navy game. He married Geraldine Harrington the day after he graduated from West Point; their wedding was featured in national newsreels.