George Thomas Wood, a retired high school science teacher, died of an aneurism May 13 at Sinai Hospital. The Mondawmin resident was 82.
Born in Baltimore, he was a 1944 graduate of Frederick Douglass High School, where he was a member of the track team.
He earned a biology degree at Morgan State University in 1948 and belonged to the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity. He studied embryology and pre-medical studies at Howard University, and while in graduate school, he met his future wife, the former Lorraine McDowell.
Mr. Wood began work at Aberdeen Proving Ground in the chemical and biological laboratories but was not happy with the commute from Baltimore, family members said.
He took a job as a laboratory assistant at Douglass High School and passed a test to be a Baltimore City schoolteacher. He taught math, chemistry, physical science and driver's education at the school until he retired in 1982.
Mr. Wood collected coins, coin banks, toy trains and trucks. He enjoyed car rides, walking in the park and listening to classical music, opera and early jazz.
He was a former member of Our Lady of Lourdes Roman Catholic Church.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. today at Douglas Memorial Community Church, 1325 Madison Ave.
In addition to his wife of 58 years, survivors include a son, George T. Wood III of Baltimore; two daughters, Mya Hilliard of Baltimore and Rene Wood of Torrington, Wyo.; three brothers, Albert Grillet Wood of Baltimore, Robert Oliver Wood of Ellicott City and Dr. Ronald Wood of Smyrna, Del.; five sisters, M. Wood of Baltimore, Romaine Ball of Randallstown, Joan Ralph of Miami, Fla., Janet Parr of Baltimore and Kay Johnson of Taneytown.