Dear Clients and Friends:
We bring sad news of the passing of Keith Wood on Friday, Feb 7. Silvercrest and all of his associates from Jamison Eaton & Wood, the firm he founded, lost a fine gentleman who built the firm that bore his name.
Keith’s financial industry experience began in 1960 with Scudder Stevens & Clark, working in both research and portfolio management. In 1963 he bought a seat on the New York Stock Exchange, eventually becoming a partner of DeCoppet and Doremus in 1968. In 1969, Keith sold his seat and joined Donaldson Lufkin & Jenrette to work with their recent acquisition of Moodys Investment Service (Alliance Capital Management). He left Alliance in 1972 to form Jamison Eaton & Wood. During those years he forged an important affiliation with Ivory & Sime of Edinburgh, Scotland which led to a jointly owned venture, Ivory & Sime International, Inc.
Keith formed many relationships and was timeless in his involvement with his alma mater, the University of Virginia; the New Jersey Visiting Nurses Association; the First Presbyterian Church of New Vernon; and the Society of Colonial Wars in the State of New Jersey. Keith also served in the Marine Corps.
He enjoyed the outdoors and was an avid fisherman. He made the most of his retreats in rural Pennsylvania and Kiawah, SC. His dedicated golden retrievers made most of these trips with him. His latest golden, Ben, was a constant companion in his final days.
Keith valued his friendships and partnerships. In the years-long search to find a corporate partner, Keith found in Silvercrest a firm which epitomized his commitment to clients and employees. He was proud of and highly valued his new partners.
Keith was devoted to his family and wife Patti, his son Kyle, and daughter Becky, and to his grandchildren.
Keith is remembered by us all as a true gentleman, one with wisdom and good humor. Keith, we will miss you.