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Hal D. Wood, engineer

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Hal D. Wood, a retired engineer and Navy veteran, died June 12 of heart failure at Englewood Health Care and Rehabilitation Center in Englewood, Fla.

The former longtime Wiltondale resident was 85.

The son of orange grove farmers, Hal Deaver Wood was born and raised in Evinston, Fla., where he graduated from high school.

Mr. Wood attended the University of Florida, where he played football. But he wanted to become a naval aviator, and he left the university to attend the Naval Preparatory School.

He was accepted into the Naval Academy, from which he graduated in 1954, and later earned a master's degree from the Johns Hopkins University.

He served in the Navy as a pilot and remained active in the Navy Reserve, where he attained the rank of captain at the time of his discharge in 1988.

After leaving the Navy in 1960, Mr. Wood joined Bendix/Allied Signal in Towson, where he worked on many satellite and defense projects, including the proposed Strategic Defensed Initiative, also known as Star Wars. He retired in 1992.

Mr. Wood's first wife, the former Martha Kemp, whom he married in 1954, died in 1995.

He was an avid golfer and tennis player and liked sailing. He also had coached his three daughters' recreational council sports teams.

In 1997, Mr. Wood married Jane Barton Robbins. The couple lived in Easton before moving in 2004 to Cape Haze, Fla.

Mr. Wood had been a longtime communicant at Trinity Episcopal Church in Towson, where he was an usher and vestry member.

Services in Cape Haze are private.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Wood is survived by three daughters, Virginia W. "Ginny" Barnhart of Wiltondale, Sharon W. Goodill of Wilmington, Del., and Ann W. Rihn of Leesburg, Va.; a stepdaughter, Cynthia R. Hicks of Rotunda, Fla.; two brothers, Edward Wood and William Wood, both of Evinston, Fla.; and six grandchildren.

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