James G. Woodruff

May 29, 1931 - February 19, 2014
James G. Woodruff


James G. Woodruff, 82, formerly of Bethesda, Md. died February 19, 2014 in Wilmington, N.C. He had Alzheimer’s disease. Jim was born and raised in Indianapolis, Ind. He graduated from Purdue University in 1953 with a degree in Chemical Engineering. After serving for four years in the Marine Corps he worked for Dow Corning and earned his MBA from the University of Michigan. He did further study in statistics and applied mathematics at the University of Chicago. Jim worked at Arthur Anderson & Co. in Chicago, then at the Chicago and Northwestern Railroad as Vice President of Corporate Development. In 1969 he was appointed the Special Assistant to the Secretary of the Navy, where he managed The Office of Information Systems Planning and Development and the Computers Selection Office for the Navy and Marine Corps. In 1973 he returned to private business, as a partner with Coopers & Lybrand Accounting Firm (now PricewaterhouseCoopers) and later as a general management consultant in communications, railroads, banking and energy. He retired in 2005 and moved to Wilmington, N.C. in 2010. He was a student of WWII and Civil War History. He had a life long love of reading, golf, and basketball.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Joanne Olson Woodruff, three children; James B. (Bonnie) of Baltimore, M.D. , Pamela Lobley (Bill) of River Edge, N.J., Virginia Horning (Paul) of Wilmington, N.C. and five grandchildren.

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  • March 02, 2014
    Mrs. Marsh says:
    My sympathies to the Woodruff family for the loss of the patriarch of your family. Death is one of the hardest tragedies to affect the family. I send my prayers to all who are affected. Please consider reading Revelation 21 : 3,4 for encouragement.

  • March 10, 2014
    Pat (McGill) Gillespie and Norman says:
    Please accept our deep sympathy, Joanne. Mac sent the obit from the paper. We remember many joy filled times shared at Purdue. May good memories sustain and nurture you. We think of you with love and prayers. Pat and Norm

  • February 27, 2014
    Candice Buchanan says:
    I just want you all to know that Jim was always the consummate Gentleman. I loved working with Jim. He gave me guidance that I have never forgotten and skills I am still using. He was so generous with his time and knowledge. I will never forget him. I am so sorry for the family as I know you all will miss him very much. I wish you all the very best.

  • October 26, 2015
    Mike Kenny says:
    I had the pleasure of getting to know Jim and Joanne while we were both at BA&H. And while we stayed in touch after we both moved on over the years I lost track of Jim. However I thought about Jim last evening and wondered if I might reach out to him. As my mother used to say, "Better late than never." My sympathies to Joanne and Jim's children. In closing, the one thing I remember about the Woodruff home in Bethesda was a some sort of a protuberance in the ceiling of the kitchen. I remember Jim joking about it and warning me not to get too close to it. Mike Kenny