Robert Mowry Wood

Robert Mowry Wood was born Nov. 29, 1937, in Pittsburgh, Pa., and died May 20, 2018, in Alameda.

Robert was the son of the late Cornelius Mowry Wood and Ann Pauline (Mirth) Wood of Pittsburgh; brother of the late Beverly Ann (Wood) Edelmann of North East, Pa. He is survived by his brother, Col. C. Dallas Wood (USMC Ret.) of Green Bay, Wisc., sister, Molly Mirth (Wood) Pool of Pittsburgh, 18 nieces and nephews and his beloved wife of 55 years, Barbara Ann (Roberts) Wood.

He attended grades one to three in McKees Rocks, Pa., four to 12 at Ben Avon in Pittsburgh. He graduated from Avonworth High School in 1955. 

Robert was employed at United Engineering & Foundry and Union Barge Line both in Pittsburgh. He served in the U.S. Army 1957 to ’59 at Ft. Polk, La.; Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo.; and Ft. Knox, Ken., as SP4, Squad Leader, in the Second Armored Rifle Battalion of the 55th Infantry.

He earned a Bachelors of Architecture degree at the University of Colorado (Boulder) in 1966. He became a licensed California Architect in 1969 and subsequently a licensed architect in Pennsylvania, Colorado, Nevada, Oregon and Guam. 

Robert joined the firm of Donald R. Roark, American Institute of Architects (AIA), Denver, Colo., from 1962 to ’65; Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, Architects, of San Francisco, from 1966 to 1971; and Mackinlay, Winnacker, McNeil (MWM) Architects of Oakland, from 1971 to 2005.  

Robert served as Vice President and Senior Vice President of MWM from 1979 to 2005. He worked at MWM offices in Guam, Honolulu, Al-Kobar Saudia Arabia, Sacramento and corporate headquarters in Oakland. 

A 46-year resident of Alameda, Robert resided part time in Kauai, Hawaii, from 2007 to 2017. He was a member of AIA from 1969 to the present. He provided 28 consecutive years of public service from 1979 to 2007 on various boards, commissions and mayor-appointed task forces in the City of Alameda, including: the Planning Board; Economic Development Commission; Recycling Task Force; Port Authority Task Force; Base Reuse Advisory Group; and Golf Commission. Robert was also a member of the Alameda Junior Golf Association Board of Directors from 2008 to 2018.

Robert was a devoted sports fan, softball player, golfer, amateur photographer, American history buff, and classical and jazz music listener. He was devoted to architecture of all kinds both professionally and as a life-long avocation. He loved travelling and spent time in 33 countries and territories. 

Robert remained always grateful for his much-rewarded life.