Horace Frederick Westwood

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Horace Frederick Westwood (15 March 1911 - 28 August 2004)

Westwood, born in Youngstown, Ohio, to the late Dr. Horace Westwood and Florence Wright Westwood, received an A.B. and an S.T.B. from Tufts University and a D.D. from Meadville Lombard. He also attended Massachusetts Institute of Technology's School of Humanities and Social Sciences.

He was ordained in 1938 by the First Congregational Church (Unitarian), West Bridgewater, Massachusetts, where he served from 1936-1938. He also served congregations in Somerville. Fairhaven, and Brewster, Massachusetts; Houston, Texas; Woodstock and Hartland Four Corners, Vermont; Summit, New Jersey; St. Paul, Minnesota; Victoria, British Columbia; Annapolis, Maryland; and Schenectady, New York. In 1950 he was called to the First Unitarian Church in Houston, Texas, where he served for 22 years. In 1972 that congregation named him Minister Emeritus.

Westwood was a Chaplain with the United States Marine Corps, holding the rank of Lieutenant Commander. Most of his service, from 1942 to 1945, was spent in the South Pacific.

Survivors included a brother, the Reverend Arnold F. Westwood of Cummington, Massachusetts; a daughter-in-law, Teresa Westwood-Smith of Atlanta, Georgia; five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. His wife of 66 years, Virginia Wallis Boyd Westwood, predeceased him in 2002. The father of the late Joan W. Andersen and Wallis F. Westwood, he died at the age of 93 of complications from a hip injury.