Tom Woodard, 51, Dies Of Cancer

BOSTON – A memorial service was held last week at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Dedham, Mass., for Tom Woodard, an account executive who worked for most of the past 21 years at Hill, Holliday, Connors, Cosmopulos. Woodard, 51, died at his home in Sherborn, Mass., after a lengthy battle with cancer.
In 1994, the Hill, Holliday senior vice president and 18-year account service veteran became director of human resources at what was then New England’s largest ad agency. In that position, Woodard devoted himself to staff development, leading groups to the Outward Bound center on Thompson Island in Boston Harbor for exercises designed to foster team-building and communications skills.
The longtime employee of the Boston shop held himself apart from the various inner management circles and at least twice left the agency to seek other opportunities.
In 1995, illness cut short a plan to explore a career outside advertising. Although Woodard had resigned the agency to begin his pursuit, Hill, Holliday chairman and chief executive Jack Connors saw to it that Woodard returned.
Woodard was active in the town of Sherborn, where he lived with his wife, Marcia, and two children. He grew up in Medfield, Mass., and graduated from Milton Academy and Lake Forest College, where he was inducted into the hall of fame for varsity football.