Carthage mourns for Penny Woodward, former presidential spouse
The Carthage community mourns the passing of Penelope “Penny” Woodward, wife of former president Gregory Woodward.
After a lengthy battle with cancer, Mrs. Woodward died peacefully at home on Aug. 31. She was 67.
After her husband took office as Carthage president in 2012, Mrs. Woodward quickly became a vital part of the local fabric as a committed volunteer, event coordinator, and enthusiastic ambassador for the College.
During five years at Carthage, she sponsored a Relay for Life team to raise money for cancer research, took classes alongside traditional students, and hosted events at Trinity House (the presidential residence) for victims of domestic abuse. Drawing on a 34-year career as a music teacher, Mrs. Woodward also volunteered her assistance to band instructors in Kenosha schools.
In 2017, Mr. Woodward stepped down from his Carthage position to become president at the University of Hartford (Connecticut). That allowed the couple to move closer to their extended families in the northeast.
Mrs. Woodward is survived by Gregory, her husband of 34 years, and their three adult children. The university has created a web page where friends and colleagues can submit messages that will be shared with the family.
A memorial service is planned for Oct. 16 in Trumansburg, New York. Here at Carthage, the Center for Faith and Spirituality paid tribute to Mrs. Woodward during a healing session on Sept. 7.