Editor's note: This narrative was written by Frances Wood Haas mostly in 1973.

Paul I. Wood
June 8, 1919
- June, 1980

Paul was born in St. Joseph's hospital [Frances was 16] and Dad had engaged Miss Diets to take care of Mother and the baby.  It seems Paul was all nose as a tiny baby - hence the nick-name. He grew into a tall handsome man with the rest of his face catching up with his nose but he was born with weak eyes (serious myopia) and had to wear glasses from the second grade on. This was very frustrating to him because he couldn't join in the rough games his older brothers played - they didn't even invite him to play ball and treated him like a baby.  Paul would disolve in tears of angry frustration so Ben dubbed him "Jupiter Pluvius" after the "God of Rain." This made him furious and inclined him to temper out-bursts.

But Paul made his own niche in the world. He decided on Aeronautical Engineering and married his high school sweetheart, Mary Devlin.  Paul was getting his Masters at Case in Cleveland after graduating from Pitt, when they married in April.  By their first Christmas they  worried for fear that they wouldn't be able to have children. That was a laugh - it turned out that Mary was pregnant then but didn't know it.  Altogether they had seven children. After Ben Black was born (they named him for Dad) they bought a trailer and went to Southern  California - where the big aeronautic (later aerospace) companies were located. There they stayed and raised their family - now (1973) 4 are married - 3 living in California - and that is how families branch out and lose track of one another. They came East to see us once with all the children. Paul rented a bus and traveled cross country to show them the sights.

[A smart move because none of us (my family) have been to California.  It is ridiculous - I wanted Bern to go but he never seemed to care about it and now I'm stuck - I can't leave my dogs for that long a time and they mean more to me than all the travel I could have. Since Bern is gone nothing seems important.]