Howard D. Woodson (1877-1962), born in Pittsburgh, received a degree in civil engineering from the University of Pittsburgh in 1899. He moved to Washington in 1907 and began working as a structural engineer in the supervising architect's office for the Public Buildings Administration.

Woodson also served as supervising architect for the Universal Development and Loan Company, Inc., a real estate and development company that owned considerable property in the upper Northeast section of the city.

Woodson was an active civic leader in Deanwood and the far Northeast section of the city. He was a founder and the first president of the Northeast Boundary Civic Association and the Far Northeast Business and Professional Association. Through these organizations he was instrumental in urbanizing his neighborhood by pushing the city to provide educational, redevelopment, and utility services. Howard D. Woodson High School, 5500 Eads Street, NE, was named in his honor in 1972.


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