Woodrow Watts (BBA ’31)
Education was so important to Woodrow Watts’s family, that his parents moved the family from Grapeland to Huntsville so that Woodrow and his four siblings could get a college education. All five received their undergraduate degrees at Sam Houston.
They include B.C., who taught at Sam Houston State, the University of Texas, and Southern Methodist University; E. J., who spent 30 years in education; Harmon, who spent 20 years in education; and Morella, who was a teacher in South texas before dying at the age of 20 from a rare disease.
Woodrow attended Sam houston from 1928 – 31. He majored in business administration and minored in chemistry and physics. Later he earned his master’s degree at Texas A&M and his doctorate from the University of Houston by attending night classes, summer school, and weekend classes while teaching.
He served in the Air Force during World War II for three-and-a-half years. After the war he worked in Houston schools as an educator and an administrator. Among the highlights of his career were opening the Robert E. Lee High School and leading the Merit Scholars at Lamar High School. He retired as deputy superintendent of secondary schools for the Houston ISD.
Woodrow met his wife, Ruth Elrod, also a Sam Houston graduate, at Goodrich, where he was principal and Ruth was a teacher. They were married for 67 years and enjoyed traveling overseas and throughout the United States before Ruth’s death in 2006.
Today, Woodrow, who is 99 years old, enjoys exercise class every day, going to Bible study, and attending news group meetings. he lives in palestine.