University of the South 1965 "Cap and Gown" yearbook describes him: The Rev. Granville Cecil Woods, Jr., B.A., Vanderbilt University: B.D., Virginia Theological Seminary: S.T.M., Yale Divinity School. Assistant Professor of Liturgies, Patristics, and Chaplain to the School of Theology.
His father (Mr Woods, Sr) was a graduate of the Sewanee Military Academy and a longtime member of The University of the South's Board of Trustees and Board of Regents. Mr Woods, Jr was Dean Emeritus of the Episcopal Theological Seminary in Virginia. As a Trustee of St. Andrew's-Sewanee School, he provided invaluable leadership during the School's formative years.
A description of the fellowship named in his honor at VTS:
The Granville Cecil Woods, Jr. Fellowship at Virginia Theological Seminary was established in 1982, shortly after Dean Woods resigned as Dean after serving thirteen years in that position. Several alumni/ae and friends thought that an appropriate way to honor Dean Woods and his achievements as
Dean, especially his achievements in strengthening the faculty and the curriculum and in developing the Seminary's relationship with the Washington Theological Consortium, would be to establish in his name a fellowship for graduate academic study. A fund-raising effort was begun and the first fellowship was awarded in the fall of 1985. Fellowships are given, for periods of one to two months, for independent study and writing done in residence at Virginia Seminary.
The obituary from "The Living Church"
The Very Rev. G. Cecil Woods, Jr., 76, former dean, president and professor of Virginia Theological Seminary, died March 5 at his home in Sewanee, TN.
Born in Shelbyville, TN, he graduated from Vanderbilt University and went on to serve in World War II as an aerial gunner with the Air Force in India, Burma and China. He was awarded the Air Medal and the Distinguished Flying Cross. He pursued graduate study at Virginia Seminary, Yale University and Oxford University. Following ordination to the priesthood in 1953, he served congregations in Tennessee. He was rector of St. Mary's, Dyersburg, and priest-in-charge of Holy Innocents, Trenton, 1953-56, and rector of Otey Memorial, Sewanee, 1967-69. He was assistant professor at the University of the South from 1958 to 1968. In 1969, he became dean of Virginia Seminary. He retired from that position in 1982 and was named dean and persident emeritus. Following his departure from Virginia, he was involved with a number of world hunger programs. He was the founder and first chairman of the Friends of the Sewanee Summer Music Center. He also was a trustee and board member of several theological endeavors. Surviving are his wife, and four daughters, and seven grandchildren.
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