John Dorsay Wood, Sr.

May 13th, 1936October 17th, 2015

John Wood, of Boulder, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family.  He was born on the kitchen table in Vicksburg MS to Albert and Agnes Wood. He graduated from St Aloysius High School and Mississippi State University with a degree in Geophysics.  After graduation he enjoyed a short stint on the semi-pro baseball circuit while beginning his  career with the Army Corps of Engineers. He stayed with the Corp until he joined the US Navy’s Oceanographic Office in 1959. He was then initiated into the “Order of the Troops” on 8/17/60 on the USNS Michelson T-AGS #23 where he sailed across the Arctic Circle. In 1961 he joined the US Coast and Geodetic Survey in Fredericksburg, VA at the Geomagnetic Center where he stayed until 1966 when he moved on to Rockville, MD to be the Operations Assistant  to the Chief of Geomagnetism. In 1971 he and his first wife Afaf put everyone in the station wagon and moved to Boulder where he joined NOAA as the Program Leader, and in 1973 joined the USGS in Golden as the Assistant Chief of BGSG and BEGI.  He became the Chief of the National Geomagnetic Information Center in 1991 and remained so until his retirement in 1995.

Beyond his professional career, his family was his number one priority. He was very active in his children's school and athletic lives. Serving as a school board member in Boulder county for many years, including serving as President of the Boulder Valley School District for 12 years. He was the esteemed Leading Knight of the Tri-City Elks and the Exalted Ruler in the late 1990’s. From leading the Indian Scouts in Maryland to coaching their athletic teams, to PTA he and Afaf, who passed away in 1992 opened their home to many friends and family members throughout the decades. He became reacquainted with and married his high school sweetheart, Sheila Tuccio in 1994.  He was a friend to all and a stranger to none.

He was preceeded in death by his first wife Afaf Sarah Nosser Wood, and brothers Jack and Buddy Wood. He is survived by his wife Sheila Tuccio Wood; his brother Albert Wood (Teresa); children: John Wood Jr. (Tara), Ellis  Wood (Christine), Juli  Alvarado (Miguel), and Lila Sharfi (Benjamin), and Sheila’s sons Jay Tuccio and David Tuccio, his Grandchildren  John, Jeff and Katy Wood, Adam and Derek Wood, Miguel, Gabe, Emelia and Isabel Alvarado, and David and Sarah Sharfi; as well as 4 great grandchildren Jordan, Everly, Archer and Piper.  


Please help us honor John with a celebration of his life on Tuesday evening October 20th at 7:00 pm at Darrell Howe Mortuary in Lafayette. May his love for us be sustaining and his memory be a blessing.