Paul Esty Woodard, Ph.D., 88, former Director of the Paul E. Woodard Health Sciences Library at the New England Baptist Hospital, died July 23, 2010. Upon his retirement from the hospital in 1995, the library was dedicated in his name. Dr. Woodard was on the staff of the New England Baptist Hospital for 32 years, 25 of those as the founding librarian and director. He was a member of the Medical Library Association. He was born in Chico, CA, grew up in Pasadena, CA, and then settled in Massachusetts in 1952. He moved to Newton in 1964, where he had since resided with his wife Marion. He was a life member of the New England Historic Genealogical Society. He actively researched his Massachusetts ancestry which dated back to 1634, when Richard Woodward settled in what is now Watertown, MA. Richard’s son, John, moved to Newton, MA in 1681 and built the Woodward Homestead on Fairlee Road, which is now the second oldest home in Newton. In part, because of Paul Woodard’s efforts, the house has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1986. Paul Woodard was also an active member of Grace Chapel, Lexington, MA, for 38 years.
In addition to his wife, he leaves a daughter, Pamela K. Woodard, M.D. of St. Louis, MO; a son, Geoffrey E. Woodard, Ph.D., of Bethesda, MD; a sister, Dolly Bartok of Santa Barbara, CA; a grand-daughter, Gwyneth McDonald and many nieces and nephews. A private graveside service will be held at the Newton Cemetery. A memorial service will be held on Monday, August 30, 2010 at 3:30PM at the New England Baptist Hospital Chapel. Memorial donations may be made to the New England Baptist Hospital Development Office, Paul E. Woodard Health Sciences Library Fund, 125 Parker Hill Ave., Boston, MA 02120
August 30, 2010
New England Baptist Hospital Chapel 125 Parker Hill Road
Boston , MI
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