Paul Woodward (W 1958-1963), doting grandpa in Texas
Paul lives in Texas having dedicated his life to the Oil and Gas industry around the world...
Paul Woodward - June 2020
Where are you living?
After leaving Walhampton my family moved to Papua & New Guinea. In 1963 I left Port Moresby High School and from that point I spent 50 plus years in many parts of the world in the land and marine Oil & Gas Exploration and Production theatres. I lived in Holland for about five years and moved to the States in 1982.
What took you to that country?
I lived and worked in Australasia, Europe, the Mediterranean, North and East Africa and Arabia. In 1983 I moved to Houston to establish a joint venture with my Holland-based company and decided to remain in the United States. I married the love of my life and soul mate in 1991. My wife was born in Scotland and has been an RN all of her working life. She retired in 2002.
What is your job?
I retired in 2016 and we live in a small city a few miles west of Houston. Most of my working life I worked as an engineer within the oilfield exploration and production environment. In 1982 the oilfield crash challenged me to change careers. I chose marketing and obtained the credentials that enabled me to continue work in the Oil & Gas industry based in Houston.
What are your pastimes?
I enjoy painting in oil and acrylics. I am an avid coin collector and doting grandpa to my four grandkids. I enjoy refurbishing furniture and am in the midst of writing my father’s wartime biography, a novel and a cookbook.
How have you managed in Lockdown?
Due to the complete lack of National and State leadership, the Covid-19 situation has become catastrophic in Texas and elsewhere in the US. However, since we are retired, there are no challenges with respect to travel or mingling with professional groups. We keep in touch with family and friends via Facebook and continue to “sit-it-out” from the relative safety of our home.
Tell us about what you remember fondly of Walhampton.
I have located and touched base with quite a few classmates and keep in touch with some of them. Over the years I found that my life experiences at Walhampton had a huge positive impact on my life. The integrity, discipline, charity and faith that is the backbone of the school served to guide me pretty effectively through many of the challenges of life. Years after leaving the school, John Bradfield (JB) became my friend and mentor. His photo is front and center on my desk at home.
Who would you wish to get back in contact with?
Nigel Roberts, Carlo de Cher, George Bernard