Former Grid Star Woods Dies at 81

Thomas S. Woods Jr. '20, a right guard for the only Harvard football team ever to play in the Rose Bowl and a member of the Varstiy Club Hall of Fame in football, was buried yesterday in Chestnut Hill. He died Sunday, aged 81.

Woods, described as a "bulwark in the line" by a 1919 Crimson sportswriter, helped spur the football team to a 10-3 victory over Yale and a 7-6 win over the University of Oregon at the Rose Bowl New Year's Day, 1920.

After graduating, Woods served as assistant line coach to the team and as sportscaster for many radio-broadcast games.

Woods served in the Navy aboard the USS Cleveland in 1917, and later worked for the investment firm of Paine, Webber, Jackson and Curtis in Boston.

Woods is survived by his son, Thomas S. Woods III '50, and three grandchildren.


At his 25th Harvard reunion in 1945 Woods said "Politics is my pet peeve. I have no use for the high-handed way in which politicians, in general, operate for their personal gain. Never have so many received so much for doing so little."