Rodney D Woodard was born on April 18, 1905 in Campello, Brockton, Massachusetts, the son of Charles F., a last manufacturer in the shoe industry where Rodney established a love for wood carving and Eva V. (Reynolds) Woodard.

He attended the Brockton schools and joined the Boy Scouts of America in 1917, Troop 4 in Campello. He was an active member becoming Assistant Scout Master from 1923 to 1930. Rodney was a graduate of Wentworth Institute from the machinist and woodworking schools in the Class of 1924.

Rod made his first trip to the White Mountains in 1924 with Bob Jackson and Ned Whitmore. He returned to the mountains in 1926 to become a hut boy packing goods up the mountains to the huts. Because he could not carry large loads, he was made the Hut Master of Madison Spring Huts from 1928 to 1931. He then became the Assistant Manager to Joe Dodge at the Pinkham Notch Headquarters.

Rod passed away on October 29, 1976 and is buried in the North Conway cemetery. He is survived by his two daughters, Norma M. Green of Aberystwyth, Wales, UK and Frances E. Richardson of Conway, NH.


  1. Frances Woodard Richardson on May 5, 2024 at 1:26 pm

    You have misspelled Rodney’s name wrong. It is RODNEY D. WOODARD.

    • The O.H.A. on May 7, 2024 at 1:01 pm

      Thanks for the correction.

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