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Wood, Paul Eugene

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December 3, 1948 - February 1, 2020

Wood, Paul Eugene

Paul Eugene Wood, a third generation Texan who practiced tax accounting in Dallas for more than 45 years, died suddenly on February 1, 2020.  He was born in Fort Worth on December 3, 1948, to James Lee Wood and Anna Ruth (Patterson) Wood. The family moved to Dallas shortly thereafter, where Paul attended Lakewood Elementary, J. L. Long Junior High, and Woodrow Wilson High School. One of Paul’s proudest achievements—and the source of life-long tall tales—was playing wide receiver for the Woodrow Wilson Wildcats. He then attended the University of Houston, graduating with degrees in Biology and Accounting. Several years later, he earned an MBA at Babson College in Massachusetts.

Starting off as a CPA at the Dallas office of Price Waterhouse in the 1970s, Paul moved on to Fast-Tax, one of the first, cutting-edge companies to process tax returns by computer, in 1978. Eventually, he established his own specialized private practice,  where he handled individual and corporate clients for over 30 years. Paul was a sought-after expert witness in tax litigation and testified at state and federal trials as well as before the Internal Revenue Service.

For 61 years, Paul was a member of Northridge Presbyterian Church. He served as an Elder there for more than 30 years and as Church Treasurer for seven years. Paul married his wife, Sallie Scanlan, at Northridge and joyfully watched his two daughters, Heather and Courtenay, grow up in the congregation. He saw his grandson, Sebastian Kirby, baptized there in 2016. A memorial service celebrating Paul’s life will be held at Northridge on Saturday, May 16th at 11:00 AM.

Sallie and Paul met in her native Washington, DC, at a national conference of accountants from the then-firm of Arthur Young & Company. She had flown in from her position in Boston and he, from Houston. The attraction was immediate. Both adored a challenge, relished complex returns, and realized they’d found the right partnership upon which to balance their lives.

Paul was an active member of United Cerebral Palsy of Dallas (now Ability Connection), and served as president of the Board of Directors from 1998-2000.

A beyond-avid runner, Paul completed the Marine Corps Marathon, the New York City Marathon, and six different Dallas White Rock Marathons. He also encouraged first-time friends to take on the 26.2-mile challenge by joining them half-way through the course–when hope and energy often fail–and running them to the finish line.

Paul is survived by his wife of 43 years, Sallie Scanlan Wood; his daughter Heather Wood Kirby (Michael); daughter Courtenay (Erin); grandson Sebastian; granddaughter Sabrina;  sister-in-law Susan Scanlan and many other dear friends and relatives.

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Susan Hoise

February 16, 2020 11:16PM

Sallie-thinking of you and your family. I am so sorry for your loss.