William Ned Wood, 88, a World War II and Korean War veteran who retired in 1970 after about 17 years as an intelligence analyst with the Central Intelligence Agency, died after a stroke Aug. 18 at the Asbury Methodist Village's Wilson Health Care Center in Gaithersburg.
Mr. Wood, a former Bethesda resident, was born and reared on a dairy farm in Alamance County, N.C. He graduated with a degree in animal husbandry from what is now North Carolina State University and received a master's degree in education from Columbia University.
He was a farm agent for the Agriculture Department and an assistant dean at what was then North Carolina State College before entering the Army in 1942 as a first lieutenant.
During World War II, he did intelligence work in Europe, Africa and the Far East. Recalled to active military duty during the Korean War, he was assigned to the CIA in Washington.
He also had served in the Army Reserve, retiring with the rank of lieutenant colonel in the early '70s.
He was a member of the Board of Governors of the North Carolina Society of Washington, Kenwood Country Club and the Morris Garden Club in Bethesda. He was a past deacon and Sunday school teacher at Bethesda Baptist Church and others.
Survivors include his wife, Marie Patterson Wood of Gaithersburg; a son, William Thompson Wood of Chevy Chase; a brother; and four grandchildren.