Woody S. Wilson, 71, longtime Daily Variety librarian, died Tuesday after undergoing open-heart surgery on Monday at St. Vincent’s Medical Center.
Wilson joined Daily Variety in March 1963 and, under the supervision of then-editor Tom Pryor, established the paper’s library files.
Wilson remained at the paper for 30 years, handling administrative assignments in addition to his librarian duties.
A native of Galena, Kan., he joined the U.S. Army shortly after the outbreak of World War II and served as a medic in the South Pacific. He also served in the Korean War.
Returning home after WW II, Wilson moved to New York, where he studied drama and earned a living as a dance instructor. He eventually relocated to Los Angeles, earning a master’s degree from USC.
He also joined the U.S. Air Force Reserve, serving as a colonel until his retirement a decade ago.
He is survived by sisters Julianna Douglas and Blanche Ashby and brothers Joe , Pete, Elias and Frank Wilson.
Services are pending.