Sunday, January 18, 2004

Morton Woodward, P&G retiree


Former executive was 103

By Karen Andrew
The Cincinnati Enquirer

HARTWELL - Retired Procter & Gamble executive Morton Powell Woodward loved to talk about the changes he had seen the century of his life.

The 103-year-old former Glendale resident recalled traveling by horse and buggy as a boy. And he witnessed the first man setting foot on the moon.

"He could list all of the ships he took across the Atlantic," said one of his daughters, Elizabeth Lundberg of Oklahoma City. "He kept his sense of humor throughout, was very smart, loved games of all sorts and had all the patience in the world to teach a beginner bridge. He taught all of the little ones bridge. Family always came first."

Until recently, Mr. Woodward played bridge at least four times a week.

Mr. Woodward died Wednesday at Evergreen Retirement Community in Hartwell.

Born in Norwood, he earned a bachelor's degree from Cornell University in 1920 and a master's degree in chemical engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology two years later.

Even before completing college, we worked part time for Procter & Gamble. After graduation, he was hired as a chemical engineer at the company, later transferring to the manufacturing department where he became superintendent of the Ivorydale Food Products plant.

In 1930, the company transferred him to Newcastle-on-Tyne, England, where he helped to develop manufacturing operations. In 1940, he returned to the United States and was appointed general manufacturing manager of Procter & Gamble's Defense Corporation. In that job, he managed the design, construction and operation of two large munitions loading plants for the Army in Milan, Tenn. and Aberdeen, Miss.

Mr. Woodward returned to Cincinnati in 1946 and became manager of manufacturing in the International Division and traveled extensively in that job until his 1965 retirement. He loved to travel worldwide and enjoyed African safaris, an Amazon cruise and travels with the Cincinnati Zoo travel program. He had a great love and respect for the outdoors, loved to fish and read. Most of his summers were spent with his family and friends at his island cottage in Georgian Bay, near Pointe au Baril, Ontario, Canada.

"Although he had a successful career, his emphasis was on his family and travel," said his grandson, Gary Lundberg of Louisville, Ky. "He was a person who always looked on the positive side of everything. He never complained."

Two wives died before himL Charlotte W. Allen Woodward in 1969 and Esther A. Claflin Woodward in 1996; as well as a son, Morton Jr. in 1970.

In addition to his daughter and grandson, he is survived by another daughter, Katharine Ammentorp of Middletown and 10 grandchildrenVisitation will be from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. today at the Jon Deitloff Funeral Centre, 4389 Spring Grove Avenue. Services will be 11 a.m. Monday in the Christ Episcopal Church, 45 East Sharon Road, Glendale. Burial will be at Spring Grove Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, 3333 Burnet Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45229-3026 or the United Way and Community Chest, 2400 Reading Road, Cincinnati, OH 45202-1458.

E-mail kandrew@enquirer.com




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