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Frederick S. Wood, Calspan engineer, UB telecom manager, former chairman of Williamsville zoning panel

Aug. 10, 1932 – March 27, 2015

Frederick S. Wood, of East Amherst and Hanford Bay, a former engineer at Calspan Corp., former chairman of the Williamsville Zoning Board of Appeals, developer of the University at Buffalo’s telecommunications system and builder of Habitat for Humanity homes, died Friday in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst. He was 82.

A graduate of Williamsville High School, he earned an electrical engineering degree from the University of Buffalo. His early career at Cornell Aeronautical Laboratory, later Calspan, in Cheektowaga, was as a research engineer working on defense industry projects and manager of plant engineering.

In 1984, he joined the professional staff of the University at Buffalo as telecom manager working on infrastructure to link the North, South and Downtown campuses.

Before his 2008 retirement, he was associate director for communications.

For more than four decades, his private consulting firm worked with police and fire departments on public safety communications systems.

Mr. Wood enjoyed running for exercise.

He also enjoyed building things, using engineering skills in the design and construction of Habitat homes.

A lifetime member of Williamsville United Methodist Church, Mr. Wood also was a trustee for the Forest Lawn Group of Cemeteries, a former vice chairman of the Beechwood Blocher Foundation and a member of the board of directors at Beechwood Continuing Care and Gateway United Methodist Youth Center.

Survivors include his wife, the former Jean M. Herrmann; a brother Robert F. Wood; a son, David; a daughter, Phyllis; and two grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Monday in Williamsville United Methodist Church, 5681 Main St., Williamsville.