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James William Wood, Greenwich Doctor

James William Wood, a Greenwich doctor, died on Sunday in Rutland, Vt. He was 76 years old.

Wood was born the second of six children in Dothan, Ala. He received his medical degree from the University of Alabama and did his residency at Yale. He served in the Public Health Service as a lieutenant commander and worked as a member of the Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission while stationed in Hiroshima, Japan, where he and his wife, Wendy, started their family.

Wood spent the next three decades in Riverside raising his family and building his medical practice in Greenwich as a partner with the Center for Gastrointestinal Medicine. Wood was active in HealthCare Ministries, a group that organizes overseas medical mission trips, and did work on five continents over the years. His wife accompanied him on many of the trips before he was prematurely stricken with Alzheimer’s disease.

In addition to his wife of 48 years, Wood is survived by three children and their spouses, David and Amy Wood, Stephen and Suzanne Wood and Matthew and Margot Owen, six grandchildren and five siblings.

A celebration of his life will be held Saturday, May 7, at 1 p.m. at the Union Church of Proctor in Proctor, Vt.  He will be buried in the Green Mountains of Vermont in the company of the local turkeys and deer he loved so much. In lieu of flowers, the family requests a contribution to HealthCare Ministries . Private condolences can be sent to the family at Barnard Funeral Home’s Web site.

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