Alfred E. Woodward

Alfred E. Woodward

Lawyer + Judge and Naval Officer
Born Dec 15, 1913

Alfred Enos Woodward II was the Chief Judge of the 18th Judicial Circuit Court, DuPage County, Illinois, from 1973 to 1975 and the father of reporter and author Bob Woodward.

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1913 Birth Born on December 15, 1913.


1931 17 Years Old Alfred Woodward II went to Oberlin College in Ohio on a football scholarship in 1931, where he majored in political science.


1934 20 Years Old In 1934, he was captain of the college football team and he graduated in 1935.
1938 24 Years Old After graduation, he attended the Northwestern University School of Law, where he graduated in 1938. After getting his law degree, Alfred moved to Wheaton, Illinois, where he joined his brother, John, who operated a law partnership. Alfred married Jane Barnes around 1940, then joined the United States Navy with the rank of Ensign and served in the Pacific Theater, as a communications officer.
1943 29 Years Old He married Jane Upshur and had a son, Robert Upshur Woodward, in 1943. … Read More


1946 32 Years Old He was discharged from the Navy in January 1946 and he went home to Wheaton and joined his brother's law firm. … Read More
1950 36 Years Old In 1950, Alfred became a full partner in his brother's law firm of Rathje and Woodward along with Louis Rathje, cousin of Frank C. Rathje.


1956 42 Years Old He later served as President of the DuPage County Bar Association, starting in 1956.


1967 53 Years Old In 1967, he was elected to the American College of Trial Lawyers.
1970 56 Years Old He became a judge on the Eighteenth Judicial Circuit Court of Illinois in 1970 and was Chief judge from 1973 to 1975.


1977 63 Years Old He left the Eighteenth in 1977 and was appointed to the Second District Appellate Court.
1994 80 Years Old Alfred Woodward retired from the bench at age 81 in 1994. … Read More
2007 93 Years Old Woodward died of congestive heart failure on February 20, 2007. … Read More
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