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Alan Churchill Woods, MD, 1889-1963.—"God offers to every mind its choice between truth and repose. Take which you please—you can never have both." (Emerson's Essays: "Intellect") It was obvious to all who knew Dr. Alan Churchill Woods that his choice was the pursuit of truth.On Friday, February 15, 1963, ophthalmology, medical education, and a host of individuals lost one of their finest friends. Dr. Woods succumbed to a heart attack at the age of 73, after a comparatively brief illness.Dr. Woods was born to a prominent Baltimore medical family on August 20, 1889. His father, Dr. Hiram Woods, was one of the leading ophthalmologists of his day. From 1887 to 1894, he was Professor of Ophthalmology at the Woman's Medical College of Baltimore, and from 1895 to 1920, he was lecturer and later Head of the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Maryland. With this family
Rucker CW. News and Comment. Arch Ophthalmol. 1963;69(4):534-542. doi:10.1001/archopht.1963.00960040540017