Terry & Carol BennisGardnerville

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September 20, 2012
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Remembering a quiet giant

EDITOR:Who was Donald Woodward, publisher and owner of The Record-Courier for 17 years?He was a quiet giant who guided The R-C and the very talented people he hired from a little small town paper to a first rate weekly, winning numerous awards along the way. He truly was a Renaissance man, all throughout his life. Extremely intelligent without being intimidating nor boastful of his accomplishments and experiences. He saw the best in people, be it talents, interests, skills, etc., and instilled in them the can-do philosophy, all the while working as a team. He worked long and hard hours during his tenure in the valley. I was fortunate to work under his direction for a short period in advertising. He was so knowledgeable and I learned so much.But, I think the best way to describe Don, is a Renaissance man, as his background was varied and complex. But it’s that background which molded him into the man he was. He was a devoted husband, caring and loving family man, and a lifelong friend to many. Don was always learning something new no matter how trivial it might have been, and converted that knowledge into useful skills he applied to life.I feel privileged to have known him and his family; they all reflect his character, especially his wife Lynne, who not only reflected it but enhanced as well. They were a team that followed their dreams and encouraged their children to do the same.Thank you Don Woodward, for touching our lives here in the Carson Valley and making our little corner of the world a better place. You will be missed by many.

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The Record Courier Updated Sep 21, 2012 07:32PM Published Sep 20, 2012 05:02PM Copyright 2012 The Record Courier. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.