Roger Holmes Wood

Roger Holmes Wood on the Queen Elizabeth 2After receiving his graduate degree in journalism from Columbia, Roger Holmes Wood worked briefly for Fortune and the Associated Press in New York before becoming a radio news writer, daily newspaper editor, and high school and college teacher in California. He has taught at the College of San Mateo, the American College, and Golden Gate University.

As a member of an Elderhostel group (43 so far), he has traveled to most areas of the world with his cameras. Ideas gathered from hundreds of the people in these groups were used in Life is a Four-Letter Word. His most recent trips were to Bhutan and Thailand, and on the QE2.

He is a member of more than a dozen heritage and lineage groups including the Plantagenet Society, the Baronial Order of Magna Charta, Society of Colonel Wars, Sons of the American Revolution, Society of Early Quakers, and the First Families of Ohio.

He is an ordained Ruling Elder in the Presbyterian Church and has been a member of the Candidates Committee of the San Francisco Presbytery and a member of the Board of Directors of the San Francisco Council of Churches. These experiences were used in the novel When Tankers Collide.

Roger Holmes Wood, AuthorHe has degrees from Pittsburgh, Columbia, San Francisco State, and International College. He also attended West Point and took a graduate year at Stanford and another one at UC Santa Cruz. His Ph.D. is in psychology and his research has been on self-esteem from before birth to beyond the retirement years. He has conducted workshops on this research and has studied under Muriel James, Nathaniel Branden, and Ira Progoff. Some of this research was used in the memoir A Forgiving at Assisi.

He has been an agent for the New York Life since 1954. He is a member of the San Francisco Estate Planning Council and the Financial Planning Association. He has the designations of Certified Financial Planner, Chartered Life Underwriter, Chartered Financial Consultant, and Accredited Estate Planner.

He is listed in Who's Who in America, Who’s Who the West, Who's Who in Finance and Industry, Who's Who in American Education, Men of Achievement (London), and 2000 Outstanding Intellectuals of the 20th Century (International Biographical Centre, Cambridge, England).

He has been married since 1947 to Phyllis Anderson Wood, a retired high school teacher and author of thirteen young adult novels. They have two grown sons, a daughter, two grandchildren, and one cat. Her books are available at