James M. Woodward, m.d.
July 26, 1929—February 18, 2021
Denver Rotary Club 31 Member – 38 years
“Physicians & Surgeons – Ophthalmic Surgery”
Compiled and read by Jim Mack, June 17, 2021
Fellow Rotarians and guests, we pause today in memory of our friend and fellow Rotarian, Dr. James “Jim” Woodward, Jr.
Jim was born in Lincoln, Nebraska, on July 26, 1929 to James M. Woodward and Marguerite Louise Woodward. He passed away on February 18, 2021, at Holly Creek Retirement Community in Centennial. He attended the University of Nebraska where he was affiliated with the Phi Delta Theta Fraternity, then continued his medical training at the University of Iowa, where he specialized in Ophthalmology. He met his wife, Marion Fetzer, at the University of Iowa. After graduation, he joined the Air Force as a physician and was stationed at Andrew’s Air Force Base. In 1962 Jim and Marion with his children, Steven and Carolyn, moved to Denver. He joined Arthur G. Starr, also a Denver Rotarian, in forming the practice of Starr & Woodward which eventually became the Denver Eye Clinic.
He was known for his gregarious and friendly personality, his love of knowledge, music, and laughing with good friends. He adored music and dancing, and if the right song came on, any woman could be fair game to be spun around the room. He was an avid traveler and fancied himself fluent in several languages, well at least enough to order a drink. He was a president of the Colorado Ophthalmological Association and, after retirement, volunteered at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. He was afflicted the last few years with dementia, but a smile was often found, especially when discussing his childhood, his career, or his beautiful wife.
Jim was a Club 31 member for 38 years. During this time, he was especially proud of the perfect attendance he held for 29 years until the onset of his dementia prevented him from attending meetings as frequently. I remember Jim with a unique sense of humor and always eager to chat with his Rotarian friends. Jim was an avid skier. I was fortunate to ski with Jim on several Rotary Ski days. Jim was quite the conversationalist. I can vouch for this since he would talk all the way down a ski run. However, when his dementia worsened and he was no longer able to attend meetings, the Board made Jim an honorary Rotarian.
During his earlier years with the Club, Jim would write some of our “Observer’s Reports” for the Keyway, summarizing the key highlights of many worthy programs. He was a Denver Rotary Club Foundation Silver Fellow and The Rotary International Foundation Paul Harris Fellow +7. Jim is missed at our meetings, particularly his questions of our speakers or more likely his long comments.
He is survived by his wife, Marion, his children, son Steven (fiancée Claudine Brandt), daughter Carolyn Pope (husband Steve), and former daughter-in-law Deborah Woodward, grandchildren Brandie Dallmann, Susie Bortz, Michael Woodward, Jessica Woodward, Mara Pope and Mitchell Woodward, along with great grandchildren Elizabeth Bortz and Allie Dallmann. We express deepest sympathy to the Woodward family.
This Resolution was accepted by a standing vote of the members of The Rotary Club of Denver and others via Zoom on June 17, 2021.