Judge James Allen Wood (1906-2003) was born in Warren County, Tennessee, and came to Corpus Christi, Texas, after earning his law degree in 1934. He practiced law in Corpus Christi for over sixty years and was considered to be one of the most venerable members of his profession in South Texas. He served on the Board of Directors of the Nueces River Authority from 1972 to 1988 as well as on the Corpus Christi Ad Hoc Water Advisory Commission. He was the first Judge of the 94th District Court in Nueces County. In 1983, he won the Cecil E. Burney Humanitarian Award given by the Corpus Christi Bar Association.
The Judge James Allen Wood Collection consists of four and one half cubic feet of Texas water resources materials from the 1950s to the 1980s. Donated to A&M-Corpus Christi by Judge Wood, these items deal exclusively with his tenure on the Nueces River Authority. The Wood Collection contains government and other printed studies and reports dealing with the Nueces River and other South Texas waters.
Known as a learned gentleman, Judge Wood donated seven volumes of his own poetry. These titles include Moody Shadows (1962); Muted Echoes (1970); For Exiles (1973); Last Sunset (1974); Blunt Arrows (1979); Bottom Lines (1987); and Wandering Lines (1993). He also donated his other books that deal with recollections of his long, productive life. These volumes are Life on a Warren County Farm 1906-1923 (1993); Past Personal (1994); and Sketches: The Early Bench, Bar, and Practice of Law in Corpus Christi (1996) which is a history of the attorneys of Corpus Christi in 1934 when Judge Wood came to town as a young man to practice law.
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