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Duaine Woods, Loda Township, Class of 1941

Loda Township High School, Class of 1941

The PBL Education Foundation received the following email from Duaine “Smoky Joe” Woods in response to our 2008 mailing: “Thank you for your informative letter. As a graduate of the class of 1941 from LTHS, I am forwarding my contribution to this worthy cause. I think there are only three of my class still kicking around, so good luck on your project.”

Since one of the subsidiary goals of the Education Foundation is to maintain an up-to-date listing of the alumni from all of our schools, we promptly sent Duaine a list of the 1941 LTHS graduates with mailing addresses for 7 other classmates. We also asked him to provide us with his “career story” so that we could share it on this website. In addition to sharing his story, he asked his daughter in Tennessee to copy pages from the 1941 yearbook. Above you will see Duaine on the left and Duaine with his friend Darrell “Dean” Jennings on the right in their basketball uniforms. At the bottom of this page is Class of 1941 compostite picture.

The following is Duaine’s career story:

“A short resume of my many years after graduation, I moved to Chicago after graduation because I lived with the Matheny family my senior year. Jan. ’42 I entered service and was in pilot training and was a B-25 pilot. After the war I went into meteorology training and was a forecaster and I briefed aircraft crews for their national or international flights which included Air Force One. I did those activities until retiring from service Jan. ’75. I did that here in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. I married in ’44 and have 4 daughters. My wife passed away in ’85, but I remarried in ’86 and have lived in Colorado Springs since ’56, although I was in and out because of being stationed in various locations around the world. I was lucky enough to be re-stationed back here in Colorado. So basically that’s my story. Another tidbit for you is that James Wood, the actor (Shark) is my nephew.”

The PBL Education Foundation sincerely appreciates Duaine’s support for his alma mater and also thanks him for sharing information for the Alumni Spotlight page.

Our Mission is to acquire and distribute resources for enhancing or supplementing the educational programs for all learners in the Paxton-Buckley-Loda Community Unit #10 School District located in Paxton, Illinois