Charles O. Wood, III

Charles O. Wood, III, of Sarasota, Florida and formerly of Cambridge, Massachusetts died of natural causes on November 26, 2021. Known as “Chas” throughout his life, he was born in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania and educated at Mercersburg Academy, Philips Exeter Academy, and Yale University. From 1969 through 1986 he was chief executive of T.B.Wood’s Sons Company. His second career, which he particularly relished, he described as one-third business, one-third philanthropy, and one-third “affairs” that involved extensive travel, study, and collecting art. He was also active in the non-profit sector, and over the years was on the boards of a number of arts organizations, including Winterthur Museum and Gardens, Boston Celebrity Series, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and the Sarasota Orchestra. Friend to men and women of all ages, Chas inspired trust, love, and affection that followed him through life. He is survived by his wife, Miriam Mason Wood, his sister, Emilie Wood Robinson, his brother, David S. Wood, and nieces and nephews.

A private memorial for the family will be held at a future date. Donations in Chas’s memory may be sent to the Sarasota Orchestra Development Office, 709 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota FL 34236.