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Obituary of Paul Leonard Wood, 83


Paul L. Wood, 83, died in State College on February 16, 2019.

He was born on August 27, 1935, in Renovo, PA, to the late Leonard and Elizabeth Wood.

He graduated from Renovo High School in 1953, and was class president, Lock Haven University in 1958 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in education and from Wesleyan University in Middletown, CN, in 1970 with a Masters in Liberal Studies.

On March 8, 1963 he married the former Mary Alice Chilcote and moved to Lebanon, PA in August 1963, to teach math and be head basketball coach at South Lebanon High School. Before moving to Lebanon he taught in the Mt. Union Area Schools for 5 years and also served as an assistant football and basketball coach. He was the coach for two campaigns at South Lebanon before the merger with Cornwall High School. He coached the JV team under Ernest Firestone for 3 years and then became the head coach of Cedar Crest High School in 1968. He was head coach for 9 years winning the Berks County League, Western Division in 1971 and winning the Lebanon-Lancaster League title in 1976. In 1979 he became the athletic director and held this position for 8 years. He continued as a math teacher until his retirement in 1997. He had also served as Math Department Chairman for several years. After retirement he taught math courses at Lebanon Area Community College for a few years.

He was a member of PSEA, NEA, National Council of Teachers of Math, listed in Leaders of American Secondary Education, Central PA Sports Hall of Fame, a life member of BPOE-Renovo Lodge, and a member of the Nittany Lion Club. In 2006 he and his wife moved to State College.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Alice, his daughter, Traci Edelman, his son-in-law, Randy, and his granddaughter, Abigail, all of State College. He is also survived by a brother, David of Ephrata, PA, a niece, Wendy Delpiano and her husband Michael, and their children, Dylan, Dalton and Devon of Stevens, PA.

Per his request all services will be private at the convenience of the family.

Contributions to his memory may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, P.O. Box 50, Memphis, TN 38101-9929.

Arrangements are under the care of Mark D. Heintzelman Funeral and Cremation Services, State College.

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Paul Leonard Wood



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Mark D. Heintzelman Funeral and Cremation Service

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