I was a boy living on the street when Mr.
Woodward started renovating the old blacksmith shop. In 7th grade I began
working for Mr. Woodward as a yard boy, mowing lawns, caring for the
gardens, shoveling snow, doing chores around the house and barn, earning
25 cents an hour. This association continued through high school days, two
years in the Army Air Corp., college days at Oberlin College and then
eventually Tufts Medical School in Boston. Never having married and having no close
family, Mr. Woodward took an interest in me and helped me
financially in college and in medical school.
On August 26, 1950, the summer after graduating from Oberlin College and
before entering Tufts Medical School, I married
Barbara Shippee, a graduate of Simmons College School of Library Science in
Boston. My best man, at the home wedding, was Robert Strong Woodward,
the artist commemorated by this website. Barbaras maid of honor was Helen
Williams, also a librarian. After this picture below was taken, we
train in Shelburne Falls for Boston. We headed to our fourth
floor apartment on Peterboro Street in the Fenway section to begin our new
lives together. This was a
happy but sad day for all of us, especially for my father in law.
Barbara worked in the library at Simmons College, a
from our apartment. I became a full time medical student at Tufts Medical
School, a subway ride towards Chinatown in downtown Boston.
Wedding gladiolas from our wedding
Mr. Woodward died in 1957,
left the bulk of his estate to me. (To
view the complete will of Robert Strong Woodward, please click here.)
After medical school and five post graduate years of surgical residency, I decided
to come back to my hometown, Buckland. I built an office in a part of
Mr. Woodward's studio
storage area, and began what was to be a 40 year medical practice in the
small town. I always maintained the studio area just as RSW left it
when he died. We raised two fine
children, Larch and Laurel, now grown, in the home of the artist. My wife
and I still live year-round in his home and studio and try to maintain it
as it was when he lived here.In 1998 I retired from the practice of medicine and in my
retirement years began work on the development of this website in honor
and appreciation of Robert Strong Woodward. It has been a labor of love. I
have collected as many images of his paintings and chalk drawings as
possible and am continuing to add to this collection. The creative work of RSW was voluminous during his life time. You will realize this as you
peruse this website. We hope you enjoy this website and will return to visit us
frequently.Thank you for your visit.
A more complete autobiography of my
story growing up with RSW is available here.