John Wright Wood Jr. – American Press



John Wright Wood Jr., 77, of Concord MA, died at his home of a sudden heart attack on September 21, 2021.

Born November 24, 1943 to parents John Wright Wood Sr and Madeline Breedlove Wood in Stamford, TX, John graduated from Louisiana Tech University and received his Masters in Electrical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

John’s career led him to Thermo Electron Corp (now Thermo Fisher Scientific) in Waltham, MA, where he was President / CEO of Thermedics and President / CEO of Thermo Cardiosystems, two public companies within the family. Thermo. He was also president of Peek Traffic. John later became President / CEO of Analogic Corp in Peabody, MA. He continued his career as an active board member of various public and private companies including ESCO Corp, American Superconductor Corp and FLIR Systems. John has received numerous awards and honors throughout his career which he has humbly kept within his office walls.

Personally, John has traveled the world taking advantage of his passions and interests. His love of aviation led him to own fixed wing and rotary wing aircraft based at the Hanscom Field in Bedford, MA. In total, John has logged over seven thousand flight hours, piloting over a hundred model aircraft including jets, turboprop, seaplanes, open cockpit biplanes, helicopters, gliders and balloons. . As often as possible, he shared his passion for flying with others, helping hangers, offering a sightseeing ride to a stranger who had become a new friend, or volunteering to deliver Christmas gifts as part of the Flying Santas. Among John’s favorite runways were Crow Island in Stow, MA, Basin Harbor VT, Currituck County NC, Hampton Airfield NH and Reykjavik, Iceland. John was always interested in meeting new people and often used his multitude of jokes on members of his company. He left a lasting impression on everyone he met.

In recent years, John has rarely been seen without a camera and tripod in hand. He specialized in the panoramas he liked to share with the world, including the New England Aviation Museum. He retained his engineering skills by transforming aviation components into works of art and furniture that reside in the homes of his family, friends and the Massachusetts Air and Space Museum. He was incredibly proud of a writing project that turned into a published book ‘As the Prop Turns: Soul of an Old Airplane‘in which he researched the history and life of his 1940 Waco UPF-7 biplane. John would continue to regularly write stories, articles, memoirs and letters. John’s family was woven together through each of these interests. His beloved wife, Mary Kay, co-piloted their adventures big and small, and they were often accompanied by their two daughters, Jenny and Diana. In his early years, John’s favorite moments included trips to campgrounds across New England and flights to special parts of Canada with his young family. Recently he has spent time exploring Europe, India, Australia and New Zealand, as well as annual trips to the Basin Harbor Club in Vergennes, VT and the Outer Banks of NC, where treasured memories have been created. He treasured the time spent surrounded by his growing family, stealing moments to take photos and fill out logbook entries for his grandchildren.

John is survived by his wife of 47 years, Mary Kay Wood, his daughters Jennifer Nugent and Diana Wood, his sons-in-law Dermot Nugent and Tom Gallagher, four grandchildren, Padraig and Clara Nugent, Madeline and Thomas Gallagher, the siblings Ross Wood and Karen Bois.

A private service will be held for his family this fall with a celebration of John’s life taking place in the spring of 2022. Details will follow and will be shared on the Dee Funeral Home website.

Instead of flowers, consider donating to the Young Eagles organization (

Arrangements are made by Dee Funeral Home & Cremation Service of Concord, MA. To share a keepsake or offer condolences in John’s online guestbook, please visit


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