Obituary: Thomas Wood

Thomas Francis Wood

Thomas Francis Wood

Thomas Francis Wood passed away June 11, 2014, in Kingman at the age of 75. He was born Jan. 20, 1939, the youngest of seven children, to Franklin Sr. and Mary E. Wood.

Tom had advanced degrees in mathematics and a varied career in computer systems and software engineering, most notably working on NATO radar systems. He was an accomplished tournament bridge player, achieving the rank of Gold Life Master in the American Contract Bridge League.

Tom was smart and funny and kind, with a dry sense of humor and a penchant for punning. He was well-read and knew at least something about almost everything. He was fluent in classical Latin and Greek, and often used snippets from those languages in his puns.

Tom is survived by his wife, Demeter Manning, his companion, friend, bridge and life partner for 25 years, also of Kingman; his daughters, Michelle Wood of Providence, R.I., and Emma Wood of Portland, Ore.; his granddaughter, Annika; his brother, William of Dallas; and many nieces and nephews.