Alfred E. Woodward
Lawyer, judge and Naval officer
Alfred E. Woodward
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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  • 2007
    Age 93
    Woodward died of congestive heart failure on February 20, 2007.
    More Details Hide Details He had been hospitalized with Alzheimer's for several years. Alfred was buried in Wheaton Cemetery.
  • 1994
    Age 80
    Alfred Woodward retired from the bench at age 81 in 1994.
    More Details Hide Details The Second District Appellate Court then appointed him to serve as that Court's representative on the Agency's Board of Commissioners in June 1996. He was also a fellow of the Illinois Bar Foundation.
  • 1977
    Age 63
    He left the Eighteenth in 1977 and was appointed to the Second District Appellate Court.
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  • 1970
    Age 56
    He became a judge on the Eighteenth Judicial Circuit Court of Illinois in 1970 and was Chief judge from 1973 to 1975.
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  • 1967
    Age 53
    In 1967, he was elected to the American College of Trial Lawyers.
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  • 1956
    Age 42
    He later served as President of the DuPage County Bar Association, starting in 1956.
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  • 1950
    Age 36
    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.
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  • 1946
    Age 32
    He was discharged from the Navy in January 1946 and he went home to Wheaton and joined his brother's law firm.
    More Details Hide Details Later after a divorce, Alfred would marry Alice Elizabeth Ensko (1924–1999).
  • 1943
    Age 29
    He married Jane Upshur and had a son, Robert Upshur Woodward, in 1943.
    More Details Hide Details Alfred was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in 1945.
  • 1938
    Age 24
    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.
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  • 1934
    Age 20
    In 1934, he was captain of the college football team and he graduated in 1935.
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  • 1931
    Age 17
    Alfred Woodward II went to Oberlin College in Ohio on a football scholarship in 1931, where he majored in political science.
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  • 1913
    Born on December 15, 1913.
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