This begins a three-part look into the fascinating life and legacy of the last Woods family member associated with Woods Bros Realty.
Bridging the traditional and modern eras of Woods Bros Realty was a task that required intelligence and nuance. It took authority, patience, and class. It took Pace Woods Jr.
Born in 1924 in Lincoln, Nebraska, to Frederick Pace and Olive (Black), Pace Woods Jr. received early education in the Lincoln Public Schools, then attended The Lawrenceville School in New Jersey where he graduated cum laude in 1943.
During World War II he served in both the U.S. Army Air Corps and the 75th Infantry Division, attaining the rank of sergeant. In 1950, he graduated with Dean’s honors and a Bachelor of Arts from Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, where he studied creative writing, drama, and economics.
In 1950, when Woods was finishing at Yale, modern television was emerging. As was the case with many others from his family, Woods had a talent for sensing the possibilities of a newly blossoming field. The potential of television to entertain and educate was seductive. Woods relocated to California and started a successful career in the television industry in Hollywood.
Woods said that he became Audience Promotion Director at ABC. He then moved to NBC where he became the Advertising and Promotion Director for KNBH, NBC’s Los Angeles affiliate. At NBC he transferred to the live television part of the network operation. Woods’ directing credits include productions of the popular NBC Matinee Theatre, on which he directed stars such as Peter Graves and Cloris Leachman. In a 2004 interview, Woods revealed that he ultimately became senior director for NBC Hollywood and was connected to such productions as The Dinah Shore Show, The Jimmy Durante Show, The Bob Hope Show, NBC Matinee Theatre and The Colgate Comedy Hour with stars such as Martin and Lewis, Ethel Merman, Frank Sinatra and others. He also had a hand in NBC’s first color television commercial for RCA.