Alfred E. Woodward

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Alfred E. Woodward
Born Alfred Eno Woodward II
(1913-12-15)December 15, 1913
Sandwich, Illinois
Died February 20, 2007(2007-02-20) (aged 93)
Wheaton, Illinois
Occupation Judge
Spouse(s) Jane Upshur
Alice Elizabeth Ensko (1924-1999)
Children Robert Upshur Woodward
Parent(s) Alfred E. Woodward I (1870-?)
Relatives Malcolm C. Woodward (1895-1992), brother
John S. Woodward (1903-1990), brother

Alfred Eno Woodward II (December 15, 1913 – February 20, 2007) 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.[1][2]

Birth and siblings[edit]

He was born on December 15, 1913 in Sandwich, Illinois, to Alfred E. Woodward I (1870–1936) and Mabel Coleman (1873–1952). Mabel and Alfred had the following other children: Malcolm C. Woodward (1895–1992); and John S. Woodward (1903–1990), who was a lawyer.[3] Alfred Woodward I worked at the Sandwich Manufacturing Company.


Alfred Woodward II went to Oberlin College in Ohio on a football scholarship in 1931, where he majored in political science. In 1934, he was captain of the college football team and he graduated in 1935. After graduation, he attended the Northwestern University School of Law, where he graduated in 1938.[1]

Early years[edit]

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. He married Jane Upshur and had two sons and a daughter, Robert Upshur Woodward, in 1943, David Woodward, and Anne Woodward. Alfred was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in 1945. He was discharged from the Navy in January 1946 and he went home to Wheaton and joined his brother's law firm. Later after a divorce, Alfred would marry Alice Elizabeth Ensko (1924–1999) who had three children of her own, Lynn, Michael, and Susan, and they had one daughter together, Wendy Woodward.[1]

Legal career[edit]

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. He later served as President of the DuPage County Bar Association, starting in 1956. In 1967, he was elected to the American College of Trial Lawyers. He became a judge on the Eighteenth Judicial Circuit Court of Illinois in 1970 and was Chief judge from 1973 to 1975. He left the Eighteenth in 1977 and was appointed to the Second District Appellate Court.[1]

Alfred Woodward retired from the bench at age 81 in 1994. 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.[1]


Woodward died of congestive heart failure on February 20, 2007. He had been hospitalized with Alzheimer's for several years. Alfred was buried in Wheaton Cemetery.[4][5]


  1. ^ a b c d e "The DuPage County Bar Association: Alfred Woodward". S. Louis Rathje. Archived from the original on 28 September 2007. Retrieved 2007-08-26. On December 4, 1994, another chapter in the long career of judge and attorney Alfred E. Woodward came to a close. On that day, Judge Woodward retired, for the second time, from the Second District, Appellate Court, where he had served since 1986. 
  2. ^ "Alfred E. Woodward". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved 2008-04-18. Alfred E. Woodward spoke quietly, but persuasively enough to charm juries for 56 years, say his colleagues. The prominent Wheaton attorney also served as a DuPage County Circuit Court judge and as an Illinois Appellate Court justice. Mr. Woodward, 93, died Tuesday in Wheaton. He was the father of journalist Bob Woodward, one of the Washington Post reporters who uncovered the Watergate scandal. Former U.S. Rep. Harris Fawell said he found Mr. Woodward an "excellent man in every way" from the first time they met in the DuPage County state's attorney's office in the 1950s. "He was a person who spoke quietly and relatively slowly -- he wasn't rapid-fire, ... 
  3. ^ "John S. Woodward". Chicago Sun-Times. October 6, 1990. John S. Woodward, 87, a Wheaton lawyer for more than 50 years, died Wednesday at Windsor Park Manor, a medical facility in Carol Stream. He is the brother of Illinois Appellate Judge Alfred E. Woodward. In 1935, he was a founding partner of the law firm of Rathje and Woodward. Today, the firm is known as Rathje, Woodward, Dyer and Burt at 203 E. Liberty, Wheaton. Mr. Woodward practiced civil law until he retired 10 years ago. The Sandwich, Illinois, native graduated from Northwestern ... 
  4. ^ "Watergate sleuth's dad dead at age 93.". Naperville Sun. Congestive heart failure on February 20 took the life of prominent Wheaton attorney Alfred E. Woodward, 93, former DuPage County and Illinois Appellate Court ... 
  5. ^ "Alfred E. Woodward". Daily Herald. February 22, 2007. The funeral service for Retired Illinois Appellate Judge Alfred E. Woodward, 93, will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, February 23, at First Presbyterian Church of Wheaton, Jefferson Street west of Ellis. Interment will follow in Wheaton Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3 until 8 p.m. Thursday, February 22 at Williams-Kampp Funeral Home, 430 E. Roosevelt Road (one block east of Naperville Road), Wheaton. Born, December 15, 1913, in Sandwich, Ill., where he was also raised, he died...