Andrew Woods, 29, a trial lawyer with the civil rights division of the Department of Justice, died of cancer Saturday at a hospital in New York City.
Mr. Woods came to Washington in 1975 and was a lawyer with the economic development administration of the Department of Commerce before joining the Justice Department last year.
A native of Philadelphia, he grew up there and in New York City. After losing his sight at about age 16, the result of a gradual process that began when he was about 11, he graduated with honors from the New York Institute for the Education of the Blind.
He then graduated with honors with a bachelor's degree in business administration from Pace College in New York, and earned a law degree from Columbia University in 1975.
He was enrolled in a master's program at Georgetown University's law school at the time of his death.
Mr. Woods was president of Braillemark Inc., a Washington greeting card firm that he cofounded last year.
He also was on the national board of the American Coalition of Citizens with Disabilities and president of its national capital area chapter.
In 1978, he was appointed to the D.C. Mayor's Committee on the Handicapped. He also received a presidential appointment to serve on the Architectural Transportation and Communication Barriers Committee and was a member of the American Blind Lawyers Association, the American Blind Bowlers Association and Ski for Light, an organization for the visually impaired.
Mr. Woods lived in Washington and was instrumental in establishing the Capitol Park Towers Tenants Association. He attended Metropolitan AME Church here.
Survivors include his mother, Semaria Woods, a brother, Kenneth, and two sisters, Harriet Johnson and Phyllis Lofton, all of Philadelphia, and a sister, Geraldine Gentle, of Los Angeles.