Marianna “Missy” Boaz Woodward ’73

Marianna “Missy” Boaz Woodward ’73 passed away unexpectedly on July 25 in Fairbanks, Alaska. She is remembered and mourned by countless family and friends in Alaska and on both coasts of the United States. Born in Charlottesville, Va., on Jan. 27, 1951, Woodward grew up on her family’s apple farm south of town in Covesville. She attended Agnes Scott College in Atlanta one year before transferring to Davidson. When she graduated with honors in 1973, she was the first female graduate in the school’s history. She and her husband, Kes, who graduated with her from Davidson the same year, were married in 1971. The couple moved to Alaska in 1977, living in Juneau and Anchorage before moving to Fairbanks in 1981. An art major at Davidson and fulltime studio potter during her first few years in Alaska, Woodward decided to become a doctor and completed three years of undergraduate science courses in Juneau and Fairbanks before entering the WAMI medical program. She received her medical doctor’s degree from the University of Washington in 1987 and completed her pediatric residency at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Hanover, N.H., in 1991. Woodward joined Tanana Valley Clinic in 1991, and in addition to seeing pediatric patients, served as the clinic’s president and for several years as its first medical director. She was practicing with the remarkable staff of TVC and Fairbanks Memorial Hospital at the time of her death. Woodward was preceded in death by her father, Emmett Daniel Boaz, Jr.; her mother, Marianna Wilson Boaz; and her sister, Ada Cornelia Boaz. She is survived by her husband, Kesler Woodward ’73, P.O. Box 70892, Fairbanks, AK 99707-0892; son, Eli Woodward (Becca Lang); brothers, Emmett Daniel Boaz III and Wilson Ashby Boaz; sister, Emily Katherine Kroehler; treasured nieces and nephews; and her husband’s family in South Carolina.