Woodward 'Woody' Kingman
Kingman, Woodward "Woody" Died from stroke complications at age 91 on December 29, 2016 near his home in Belvedere, CA. A bachelor until age 71, Woody is survived by his wife Claire McAuliffe. Woody was born on September 5, 1925, in Minneapolis to Henry and Josephine Kingman and grew up on the shores of Lake Minnetonka with his siblings Henry, Tom, and Helen. He graduated from Blake School in 1945, where he was Headboy and captain of the hockey team. Woody attended Amherst College, graduated with honors in 1949, and was elected Trustee, in 1985. A life-long mountaineer, his highest summit (16,050'), at age 62, was Mt. Vinson in Antarctica, along with the Grand Teton (age 15), Mont Blanc, the Matterhorn and many peaks in Yosemite. Major attempts include Denali, and Mt. Everest with Sir Edmund Hillary for a first ascent of a route on the southeast face. Woody may be most (in)famous for an attempt on an unnamed and unclimbed peak in Burma, where on the descent he became lost in a blinding snowstorm and jogged in place overnight to stay alive. Between 1943-1946, Woody served in the U.S. Army in Okinawa and Sasebo, becoming at age 21, the Commanding Officer of the Hario Repatriation Center for Japanese POWs & displaced native Japanese. In 1951, Woody graduated from Harvard Business School which lead to a successful banking career with Citibank in New York and later with Crocker Bank in San Francisco as EVP of the Trust Division. Woody's political life began in the early 60's with the New York Young Republican Club. Mayor Lindsay appointed him to the New York City Council. The re-election was so close that a recount was contemplated. Ed Koch beat him. But not by much. In 1970 President Nixon appointed him the first President of the Government National Mortgage Association, or "Ginnie Mae." Later, he was appointed by President Reagan as Associate Director of the U.S. Information Agency, serving from 1984 to 1990. Active in political, social and civic organizations, Woody was a proud member of the Lincoln Club of Northern California, Treasurer of the San Francisco and Marin Republican Central Committees, a long-time member of the Bohemian Club, and past member of Pacific Union Club, Burlingame Country Club, California Tennis Club, Harvard Club of New York and Chevy Chase Country Club. He was a member of the American Alpine Club for 51 years, and the Canadian Alpine Club for over 68 years. He is survived by his loving wife Claire, sister-in-law Marilyn Kingman and brother-in-law David "Rip" West, both of Wayzata, and by his many devoted nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm, Saturday, Jan. 21 at St. Stephen's Church in Belvedere, CA. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to The American Alpine Club in Golden, CO.
Published on January 8, 2017
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