Fairbanks plans memorial service for former mayor, UA president

Posted: Wednesday, February 28, 2001

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A community-wide memorial service for William Ransom Wood, the fourth president of the University of Alaska, will be held here Saturday.

Wood, 94, died Sunday. His wife of 56 years, Dorothy Jane, died in August of last year.

The memorial service is scheduled for 4 p.m. in the Patty Center at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. A reception will follow at the Wood Center.

Wood is credited with turning a single-campus school into a major university. He served as university president from 1960 to 1973.

During Wood's tenure, the university expanded from College Hill in Fairbanks to a number of communities across Alaska, including Anchorage and Juneau.

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