Peter Bryson Wood Jr., 83, insurance broker, veteran

Peter Bryson Wood Jr., a retired insurance broker and World War II veteran, died of a stroke Monday at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care. He was 83.

Mr. Wood was born in Philadelphia and raised in Green Spring Valley and Roland Park. He was a 1938 graduate of St. Paul's School for Boys.


He enlisted in the Navy in 1943 and served aboard the USS Terror, a minelayer, in the Admiralty Islands in the Pacific.

Mr. Wood began his insurance career in the late 1940s with Maury, Donnelly & Parr Inc. in Baltimore. He later was a founding partner with a brother in Wood & Wood, a Stevenson insurance brokerage. He retired in the early 1970s.


Mr. Wood owned a 90-acre farm in Monkton from 1953 to 1968, where he raised chickens and Angus cattle.

"He raised Rhode Island Reds and sold their eggs to Baltimore clubs and the Coast Guard. Even though we moved to a smaller house in 1968, he continued raising chickens," said his wife of 55 years, the former Betsy Sill.

He was a communicant of St. James Episcopal Church, 3101 Monkton Road, where a memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Wood is survived by nieces and nephews.