A job change In 1975 took Don to the Automotive Battery Division of Gould Inc. in St. Paul, MN, and for the next 17 years he made his home in Wayzata (2065 Webber Hills Road). In 1991 Gould Inc. relocated to the Greater Atlanta area, and the Johns Creek part of Alpharetta became his new, and final, home (715 Old Meadow Glen).
A career in Sales, Marketing & Product Management for Gould Inc., Gould National Battery (GNB), Pacific Dunlap and Exide Batteries ended when Don retired in 2000, but not before spending six exciting months working on assignment in New Zealand in 1996/1997.
Woody’s family life began when he married Marion Clausen of New Rochelle, NY in 1967. Son Peter arrived in 1969 when they lived in Basking Ridge, and daughter Carolyn joined the team there in 1971.
A lifetime of travelling, for both business and vacation reasons, took Woody and Marion to almost every state and major city in the US, as well as to Argentina, Canada, the Caribbean, China, Germany, Great Britain, France (including Normandy), New Zealand, and Russia.
Forever a voracious reader, starting in high school, it is safe to say that few (maybe no one) had more books than Woody. Numerous walls in his house were totally consumed from floor to ceiling with a bookshelf; and because he made sure all the book jackets were pristine, their multi-colors provided a unique version of wallpaper in many rooms.
Woody’s wife Marion predeceased him in 2016, as did his sister Sally Gray Perry in 2022. He is survived by his son Peter and daughter-in-law Cindy of Alpharetta; granddaughters Alexandra of NYC and Cathryn of Ann Arbor, MI; daughter Carolyn, son-in-law Malcolm MacLear, and grandson Archer of Darien, CT; brother Willard and sister-in-law Barbara of Setauket, NY; brother Phillip and sister-in-law Carole of Yardville, NJ; and numerous nieces and nephews.
By Will Gray