Emmett A. Pedley
If only we could have thanked the late Emmett Pedley in person! This Cleveland attorney and longtime USNI Member graduated from law school at Case Western Reserve University in 1934 and served in the Navy through the rank of commander. The reason we recognize him now, nearly 20 years after his death in 1991, is because he thoughtfully included the Naval Institute in his estate plan—initiating a gift that has kept on giving.
Commander Pedley gave the Institute $5,000 and a proportion of whatever funds remained after his specific bequests were distributed. The Institute did not discover the news until more than three years after his death, when a check for $5,000 arrived. Over the next year and a half, we received seven additional checks from his estate, ranging in amounts from $214 to $10,000. In 1995 we posthumously inducted Pedley as a Naval Institute Commodore when his gift passed the $25,000 level.
In July 2010, nearly 15 years after the last Pedley bequest payment was received, a final check arrived bearing the notation that his estate is now closed. Thank you, Commodore Emmett Pedley, for your unexpected, generous, and most welcome support of the Naval Institute: a total bequest of more than $43,000.
William M. Wood Foundation
The late William M. Wood was a Massachusetts native and grandson of William Madison Wood, founder and long-time president of the American Woolen Company. A graduate of Harvard College and Columbia University Law School, the younger Mr. Wood served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and practiced law in Massachusetts for many years and later formed the charitable organization.
Last month, The William M. Wood Foundation underwrote the Naval Institute’s history conference, “Piracy on the High Seas: Can History Help Defeat Present-Day Pirates?” The day-long program included keynote addresses by author and piracy expert Dr. Martin N. Murphy and Maersk Line Limited’s Senior Vice President for Maritime Services Captain Stephen M. Carmel, followed by discussions led by three expert panels. The conference’s success would not have been possible without the Wood Foundation’s generous participation.