Wilton and Minnie Wood were faculty members at CUC from 1942 until 1956 with time out for a term of mission service in Singapore. A 1928 graduate of Washington Missionary College, Minnie Iverson Wood received a master’s degree in music from the Catholic University of America. Wilton and Minnie served for two years in Europe and 12 years in Asia.
Minnie taught music at Indiana Academy, Far Eastern Academy in Shanghai, at the Baltic Union Seminary in Riga, Latvia and at Andrews University. She was also head of the music department at Philippine Union College and at the Malayan Seminary in Singapore.
She taught music at Columbia Union College, leading the A Capella Choir, Choraliers and Vox Celeste. She also taught voice lessons.
Wilton Henry Wood served the Adventist Church for 43 years. He did his undergraduate work at Emmanuel Missionary College, which later became Andrews University, and he did his advanced degrees at the University of Maryland.
Serving as head of the education department both at Washington Missionary College and Emmanuel Missionary College, Dr. Wood gave much of his life to show the importance and influence of Christian education.
He also served as business manager at Philippine Union College and principal at Takoma Academy, Far Eastern Academy in Shanghai, China, and Malayan Seminary in Singapore. Dr. Wood retired in Loma Linda, California, where he worked for the Loma Linda Chamber of Commerce. He passed away in 1989.
Minnie retired in Loma Linda, California where she maintained a private music studio for voice and piano. She died in March 2007.
This scholarship was established because of Wilton and Minnie’s vision for dedicated students today and the importance a Christian education makes. Their love for young people and their interest in CUC prompted them to set up this endowment fund which will help music majors obtain a Christian education.