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In Memory of Louise Wood May 12, 2021

Posted by Mia Moody-Ramirez in : Uncategorized , trackback

By David McHam

Louise Wood was a joyful, inspiring, whirlwind of activity and ideas, said friends from her variety of careers and clubs packed into her 75 years that came to an end on March 29 because of COVID-19.

Wood, born Louise Later on Oct. 10, 1946, in Fort Sill, Oklahoma, grew up in Mission, Texas, in the Rio Grande Valley, where she graduated as valedictorian of her class, her husband, Rush Wood, said. Rush Wood, who is recovering from COVID-19, was Cassy Burleson’s classmate in journalism at Sam Houston State.

In her varied career, Louise Wood began her newspapering days at the Waco Tribune-Herald in 1966 while attending Baylor University, where she graduated in 1971 with a degree in journalism.

She also served as “amusements editor” at the Austin American-Statesman before arriving at the Beaumont Enterprise in April 1972 to cover just about every news beat available before earning promotion to city editor,

And one day, she decided she’d had enough daily newspaper combat and quietly slipped out of the newsroom, emerging as her own boss in an advertising agency, working for another and landing again at Lamar University’s public relations office.

That’s where she retired a few years ago.


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