Ted Woodward attended Franklin & Marshall College when athletic schedules were shorter than they are currently, the squad sizes were smaller and it was easier to compete in multiple sports. The day of specialization had not yet arrived.
According to Gordon “Slim” Chalmers, a member of the F&M Sports Hall of Fame, Woodward was an outstanding athlete in soccer, cross country, swimming, tennis, and track & field. Woodward won four varsity letters his junior year and five as a senior.
Details of his accomplishments in some sports are unavailable.
A halfback on the soccer team, co-captain Woodward played all four quarters of all nine games as a senior and was a strong scoring threat in each if his seasons. As a member of the track and field team, his specialty was the mile run. During his senior season, he placed third in the Class A mile run and led F&M to the team title at the Central Pennsylvania Conference 16th Annual Track & Field Meet. His best time in the mile run was 4:18.
On the swim team, Woodward’s specialties were the fancy diving and 100-yard freestyle. He was an important part of the 1932 undefeated swim team that flew to Pittsburgh for a meet with Carnegie Mellon. While F&M lost the meet, they left their mark in history as the first F&M athletic team to travel by airplane to a competition.
Following graduation as a Phi Beta Kappa in 1934 with a degree in chemistry, Woodward attended the University of Maryland School of Medicine. After internships at the University of Maryland and Henry Ford Hospitals, he entered the military service and specialized in tropical diseases. He was posted throughout the world during his five-year tour of duty. Woodward held academic appointments at the University of Maryland, Johns Hopkins University and the Veterans Administration.
He served as professor and chairman of the University of Maryland School of Medicine from 1954 to 1981. Woodward served as a consultant frequently and held numerous board memberships. He also received many awards and decorations, including one from the Emperor of Japan for his outstanding contribution to the field of medicine between Japan and the United States. For years, he was recognized as one of the world’s authorities on tropical diseases. Retired but still active professionally, Woodward lives in Baltimore, M.D.