In addition to being a man with a huge heart whose countless civic and philanthropic efforts touched many, Bob was the former chairman of Wood Dining Services and executive vice president of client development at Sodexo. Bob lived a life of extraordinary service to employees, clients, and community, and we are all better for his example.
Bob’s career with Sodexo spanned five decades. In 1959, he began working for Wood Dining Services, a company founded by his father. He grew to hold various operational and managerial roles and helped to build the business from a small regional company into a noted North American player. In 1997, Bob succeeded his father as chairman of Wood Dining Services and was instrumental in the successful integration of Wood with Sodexo in 2001. His numerous and significant contributions included the development of the Clients for Life® philosophy throughout the United States and Canada, as well as a dedicated commitment to the growth of many Sodexo employees.
Bob’s service at Sodexo was equally matched by his service and dedication to his community. I encourage you to read Bob’s obituary in his hometown newspaper, which describes wonderfully the breadth and depth of his community involvement. Throughout Pennsylvania and beyond, Bob worked constantly to improve the quality of daily life for people he touched.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Bob’s family and friends in this difficult time. I hope that we all find some comfort in our memories of Bob and in the spirit of his example.
Those wishing to honor Bob’s memory are encouraged to make a donation in his name to: The Ilene and Bob Wood Fund at the Community Foundation; United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley; Allentown Art Museum; Leukemia & Lymphoma Society; The Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley; or volunteer at the soup kitchen, shelter or other organization of your choice.
George Chavel is president & CEO of Sodexo North America.