Memorial services will be held Saturday for Dr. Howard Asa Wood, the first president of the Torrance Unified School District Board of Education and one of the district's founders.
Wood, who also was a founder and former chief of staff at Torrance Memorial Medical Center, died Nov. 22 at the medical center. He was 95 years old.
"He was a very outgoing person, very generous," said Albert Posner, a retired assistant superintendent of the Torrance school district, who was one of the first principals hired by the fledgling school board in 1947. "He was wonderful with children and a fine medical doctor," Posner said.
Born to farmer parents on the South Dakota prairie Jan. 12, 1894, Wood began his formal education in a one-room schoolhouse before moving on to undergraduate studies at Yale University and Linfield College in Oregon. He graduated from Yale University's medical school in 1925.