Peter Neilson Woods – Master Sergeant, United States Army

Peter Neilson Woods, 58, a Master Sergeant in the Army and security specialist at Fort Myer, Virginia, died of pancreatic cancer June 4, 2008, at his home in Arlington County, Virginia.

Sergeant Woods served 20 years in the Army, specializing in intelligence. He served in the Vietnam War and received four Bronze Star Medals during his career. He retired from the Army in 1989, then worked 17 years as a senior physical security specialist and certified protective professional in Fort Myer's directorate of emergency services.

He was born in Giessen, Germany, the son of an Army officer stationed there for the Nuremberg trials. The family returned to Northern Virginia, and Sergeant Woods graduated from Bishop O'Connell High School in 1967 and the University of Maryland.

He was a member and volunteer at the Cathedral of St. Thomas More Catholic Church there, and he volunteered for Republican Party activities.

Survivors include his wife of 36 years, Mai Woods of Arlington; four children, Michael Woods of Culpeper, Virginia, Kathleen Fellinger of Saskatchewan, and Eileen Woods and James Woods, both of Arlington; three brothers; a sister; and four grandchildren.

PETER N. WOODS (Age 58) Peacefully on Wednesday, June 4, 2008 of Arlington, Virginia, following a long and courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. He was surrounded by his loving wife and family at the time of his passing.

A Funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, June 27, 2008 at the Cathedral of St. Thomas More, 3901 Cathedral Lane, Arlington, Virginia. A private burial service to follow at 2 p.m. at Arlington National Cemetery.

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