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Chester Corbin Wood

November 3, 1953 ~ February 20, 2018 (age 64)

Dr. Chester Corbin Wood II passed away peacefully at New York Presbyterian Cornell Weill Medical Center February, 20th, 2018. He was surrounded by his loving family.

Known as Chet to his friends and family, he was born in Lowell, Massachusetts on November 3rd, 1953 to John Parker Wood and Harriet Dillon Wood.

Chet attended Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, New Hampshire, where he made many lifelong friends. He was a member of the class of 1976 at Dartmouth College, the 1st class to officially accept women. He met his future wife Dr. Florentine E. Thomas during the Spring of their freshman year.

Dr. Wood graduated from Tufts University School of Medicine in 1980. He completed his internship and residency in pediatrics at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx. He then completed a fellowship in allergy and immunology at Yale-New Haven Hospital. This brought the Wood family to Connecticut.

Upon completion of his fellowship in 1986, Chet accepted a position as a research scientist with Boehringer Ingelheim in Ridgefield, CT. He remained with BI until his passing. During his over thirty years at BI, Dr. Wood served in many roles as mentor, scientist leader, educator and friend. He played a key part in the development of numerous drugs in the field of respiratory medicine, allergy, immunology and infectious disease.

The therapies he worked on included Nevirapine, Atrovent Nasal Spray and Meloxicam. These therapies have improved the lives of many patients. Dr. Wood was recognized as a distinguished clinical scientist and his most recent assignment was as Executive Director in Early Respiratory Medicine. Dr. Wood was on the staff of Yale-New Haven Hospital. He volunteered as an attending in their allergy-immunology clinic for many years.

Chet was predeceased by his parents John and Harriet Wood, brothers John and Christopher, sister Anne, his in-laws Lester and Eina Thomas and his brother-in-law Dr. Archimedes Thomas. He is survived by his wife Florentine, son Stephen, daughter Sumintra, as well as sisters-in-law, Cricita, Calena, Marcia and their spouses. He has four surviving siblings: Thomas Wood (Carol), Doris Wood, Elizabeth Kelley (Patrick) and Eleanor Carrieri (Philip). He also has many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Many road trips and vacations were spent with his family. One such trip was flying to San Francisco, leisurely driving to Crater Lake National Park, a stopover in Portland, Oregon, then driving to Seattle, Washington to visit his sister and brother-in-law.

Chet enjoyed the simple things in life. A beautiful fire, a great hamburger, walks with his dog Zeus along the Shepaug River or Lake Waramaug. A typical day for Chet would be work and international teleconferences. When it was time for lunch, he bought the paper and sauntered over to The Split Rail Restaurant; where they served him no matter when he showed up.

Chet was very supportive of his children, Stephen and Sumintra. Encouraging them to pursue their passions, (music and art) he never missed a performance or art show.

A memorial service and celebration of his life will be held at the North Congregational Church, Saturday, April 7th at 10:30 AM in Woodbury, CT. Burial will be private at the Wood Family Cemetery Plot in Lebanon, NH.

In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to Doctors Without Borders or Habitat For Humanity. Munson Lovetere Funeral Home assisted with the arrangments. To leave an online condolence for the family please visit

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Doctors Without Borders, USA
P.O. Box 5030, Hagerstown MD 21741
Tel: 1-888-392-0392

Habitat for Humanity CT
377 Broad Street, New London CT 06320
Tel: 1-860-442-7890

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