Dean A. Woodard,
age 76, of Rome,
passed away peacefully on April 13, 2017, at
SUNY Upstate Medical Center,
surrounded by his loving family.
Dean was born in Syracuse on August 15, 1940
to the late C. Ivan and Velma
Baumbach Woodard. He graduated from Onondaga
Valley School (class of 59) and
obtained his Bachelor’s Degree from SUNY
Oswego (class of 63). Dean came to
Rome as a Student Teacher (spring of 1963)
at Strough Jr. High and was
immediately hired as a History Teacher at
RFA. He was the Student Advisor for
many years and helped form the statewide
Government Class curriculum. This
includes developing the ‘Heat of Fusion’
competition that continues at RFA
today. He truly loved working with both
fellow teachers and the many students
throughout the years. In June of 1995 Dean
retired from teaching after 32
On August 19, 1967, he was united in
marriage to Kathleen Nichols and they were
to celebrate their 50th Anniversary this
In his youth, Dean was very active in the
Boy Scouts. He was awarded the Order
of the Arrow and worked for the Boy Scouts
at Camp Askenota, which was located
in Lake Placid, NY.
When first moving to the Rome area Dean was
very active in the Lake Delta
Volunteer Fire Department and was a forming
member of the Town of Lee
Democratic Club. Dean was active in his
children’s lives including Boy Scout
Leader and coaching Little League and girls’
softball in the Town of Lee.
Recently Dean has been an active member of
the Utica Sail & Power Squadron
where he was a former Commander and enjoyed
instructing boater safety courses
to the public and publishing their
newsletter, the Bilgewater.
Dean is survived by his wife of 50 years,
Kathleen; two daughters and sons in
law, Deanna and Kelly Lozier of Ballston
Lake, NY, and Susanne and Ronald
Hebble of Camden; a son and daughter in law,
Dr. Martin and Dodie Woodard of
Radford, VA; and eight grandchildren, Devin,
Delainey, Jack, Samantha, Luke,
Abby, Andy, and Riley. He was predeceased by
a brother, Hart Ivan Woodard.
There will be no showing or calling hours.
A Celebration of Life will be held on August
19, 2017, on Hebble Hill, all day.
Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery at the
convenience of the family.
Arrangements are entrusted to the Barry
Funeral Home, 807 W. Chestnut Street.