James E. Wood, Jr. PHD,

James E. Wood, Jr. PhD

Age 96, died peacefully on Sunday, March 24, 2019.  A world renowned expert on Religious Liberty and Church-State issues, member of the World Council of Churches, National Council of Churches, he was also a major figure in the Baptist circles.  He was a professor at Baylor University in Waco, TX where he founded the J. M. Dawson Center for Church-State studies in 1959, wrote and edited the Journal of Church and State.  He was also the Executive Director of the Baptist Joint Committee from 1972 to 1980 when he returned to Baylor.  Born in Portsmouth, VA, he was predeceased by his wife of 58 years, Alma McKenzie Wood.  Also a devoted father to his son, James E. Wood, III, many family members and friends.  A graveside service will be held on Wednesday, April 3 at 2pm, at Olive Branch Cemetery in the City Park of Portsmouth, Va. 


One Response to James E. Wood, Jr. PHD,

  1. Max and Sharon Robertson says:

    Dr. Wood was a great man! We were neighbors in Waco, Texas. He was such an exceptional individual and friend. Dr. Wood and Alma treated us like family. We would meet in the middle of the street separating our homes and have long informative discussions on world affairs. We count ourselves fortunate to have known the Wood family and call them friends. Our world has lost a true scholar and advocate for peace and civility. He will be missed greatly by our family.

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