James A. Wood, III passed away on Saturday, March 9, 2013.
James was born to Jan and Jim Wood on December 15, 1971 in Washington, DC. He spent most of his childhood in Burke, VA where he attended elementary and middle school, and in 1990 he graduated from James W. Robinson Secondary School. Following graduation, James attended Virginia Tech where he completed a B.S. in Interior Design in 1996. While in college, he joined the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity.
James was a devoted family man and father. He married Adrienne Conte in 1998. The couple has resided in Arlington, VA for the last 15 years. Two years ago, James designed and oversaw the renovation of a 109 year old home he and Adrienne purchased. Adrienne and James had two wonderful boys: Alex and Adam. James loved being around children of all ages, especially his boys, nieces, nephews, and godchildren. He coached soccer for both sons for many seasons, and made it look effortless. He was always willing to lend a helping hand to family, friends, and neighbors alike. James was an avid photographer, accomplished guitar player, lover of music, and able to fix most anything. He also had an interest in residential design/remodeling, computers, and cooking. James will be remembered fondly for his witty, dry sense of humor which he used to entertain family, friends, and himself!
James was very passionate and driven about his work. He was employed at Perkins + Will (formerly Ai) for 16 years. After many years of leadership and hard work, he was promoted to Managing Principal. He was responsible for the Strategic Planning division of the Washington, DC office where he not only cultivated business relationships on behalf of Perkins + Will, but served as a mentor and teacher for his team members. He enjoyed meeting and working with clients and the community to produce quality products and was always eager to share what he had learned while doing so.
Seventeen months ago, James was diagnosed with brain cancer. That diagnosis was followed by a craniotomy, chemotherapy and radiation treatment, spinal meningitis, and a hemorrhagic stroke which required a second craniotomy. He never got a break -- yet when asked how he was doing his answer each and every time was "Fine". He never complained -- even when facing the terrible things that confronted him. James was indeed a hero. Throughout his battles he was loved, accompanied, assisted, and supported by his devoted wife, sister, parents, and in-laws.
James is survived by his wife, Adrienne Wood, two sons, Alex and Adam Wood, his parents, Jim and Jan Wood, a sister, Nicole (Jason) Brady, two nieces, Tana Brady and Isabella Haskins, and two nephews, Ty Brady and Lucas Haskins, and many loving aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.
In support of James' family or to help fund research to find a cure for brain cancer, donations may be made to The Wood Family Trust c/o Perkins + Will, 1250 24th St., NW, Ste. 800, Washington, DC 20037 or The National Brain Tumor Society, www.braintumor.org.
Read James Wood, III's Obituary and Guestbook on fairfaxmemorialfuneralhome.com.