Stephen D. Wood photo from 2008 at the State Library of Ohio
Stephen D. Wood
July 22, 2021

It is with great sadness that we share the news that former State Library of Ohio Board President Steve Wood, 81, died on July 13, 2021 with Hospice in East Norriton, PA. Steve retired as Director of the Cleveland Heights Public Library in 2008 and from the State Library Board in 2014. The cause of death was complications following a brief but noble struggle with two related cancers.

The State Library Board recognized Steve at their October 2014 meeting with the following resolution:

WHEREAS, Stephen D. Wood has been a member of the State Library Board since 2009 and President of the State Library Board since 2012; and

WHEREAS, throughout his career, Stephen D. Wood has provided an unparalleled level of professional service to the Ohio library community through his work with the State Library Board, Library Leadership Ohio, the LSTA Advisory Council, OPLIN, the Ohio Library Council, and the Regional Library Systems; and

WHEREAS, Stephen D. Wood helped lead the State Library of Ohio through a period of tremendous change, including budget decreases that impacted not just the State Library, but the entire Ohio library community, shifting legislative priorities, the hiring of a new State Librarian in 2010, and redefining the boundaries of 30 public libraries in order to eliminate double taxation for library services; and

WHEREAS, Stephen D. Wood has contributed in numerous ways to the success of the many programs and services offered by the State Library;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the members of the Board of the State Library of Ohio, meeting in regular session this 30th day of October 2014, at Columbus, Ohio, express their individual and collective gratitude and appreciation for Stephen D. Wood.

In lieu of flowers Wood’s family requests that contributions be made to the Fund for the Future of Heights Libraries.

Media Contact:

Marsha McDevitt-Stredney, Public Information Officer and Director, Marketing & Communications (614) 644-6875 marshams@library.ohio.gov