Randolph Craig WOODWARD

May 29, 1945May 1, 2019

Randolph Craig Woodward, 73, died suddenly on May 1, 2019, due to complications from cancer.

Craig was born on May 29, 1945, to Drs. Theodore and Celeste Woodward in Baltimore, Maryland. Craig graduated from The Gilman School in Baltimore. Summers were spent in Sherwood Forest, Maryland, where he made life-long friends. Craig next attended Yale University, majoring in Political Science. In high school and college, he wrestled and played lacrosse, winning a state championship wrestling title his senior year in high school. He then attended the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University. While at Columbia he met and married the love of his life, Anneke Knoppers, who at the time was attending Columbia Law School. They graduated on the same day.

After medical school, Craig completed his internship year in New York City before moving to Atlanta in 1973, where he continued his internal medicine residency and a year in a cardiology fellowship, both in the Grady/Emory program. Craig joined a private internal medicine practice located on the Piedmont Hospital campus. He practiced there for thirty-eight years before retiring in 2016. Craig found both his vocation and avocation practicing medicine. He cared deeply for his patients’ welfare and valued their friendships. Craig volunteered at various organizations, most recently at Northwest Presbyterian Church, where he was a member of the session, the Salvation Army, and Childspring International.

His family brought Craig great joy. He was married to Anneke for over forty-seven happy years. Together they raised their children, Maria (“Mia”) Anneke Woodward (Jeremy Wolfe) and Theodore (“Ted”) Englar Woodward (Whitney Walters Woodward), of whom Craig and Anneke were justifiably proud. The family especially enjoyed their times together at the beach and on family vacations full of adventure and laughter. Craig delighted in being “PopPop” to his five grandchildren; Anneke, Knox, and Wesley Woodward, and Lewis and Craig Wolfe. Craig truly loved playing with them and acting silly to their great delight. PopPop was often placed in “time out.”

Craig had a huge spirit of adventure and loved to travel. During medical school, he traveled to and spent most of a summer in East Pakistan (now Bangladesh) and India, which provided the basis of many stories told over the years. Later Craig delighted in planning trips (with Anneke implementing the plans if a computer was required), including hunting on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, biking in Europe, exploring the Galapagos, and hiking on the Camino de Santiago in Spain. In Atlanta, Craig and Anneke often entertained friends with elaborate meals prepared together. For many years, Craig’s athleticism was demonstrated on the tennis court and golf course. His time with friends were the highlight of all these activities. Craig could be counted to provide humor at any gathering. At home, Craig loved reading, and he was always ready to read Anneke’s book club selections.

Craig is predeceased by his parents and his brother Lewis Omer Woodward. He is survived by his wife, daughter, son, grandchildren, brother William Woodward (Ingrid), sister Celeste (Mark Applefeld), and extended family.

While ill, Craig received excellent medical care from both physicians and medical staff, for which he and Anneke were grateful, especially for the care and compassion shown by Drs. Bill Jonas, Sundus Lodhi, and Randy Yanda.

The family will welcome visitors at H. M. Patterson and Son Spring Hill, 1020 Spring St. NW, Atlanta, Friday, May 17, from 5 to 7PM. A memorial service celebrating Craig’s life will be held at Northwest Presbyterian Church on Saturday, May 18, 2019, at 11AM.

In lieu of flowers, Craig would have preferred that memorial gifts in his memory may be made to Northwest Presbyterian Church, the Salvation Army, or to the charity of your choice.


  • Visitation Friday, May 17, 2019
  • Memorial Service Saturday, May 18, 2019


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Lea Jablonsky-Uhre

May 14, 2019

I have many happy memories of Craig and his family during the
wonderful carefree summers at Sherwood Forest.

His leadership, sense of humor and the twinkle in his eyes will be remembered by us all.
My prayers and deepest sympathy to all of the family.

Lea Jablonsky Uhre

Tom Revel

May 7, 2019

Tormented in jest while living with Craig, his parents, and sister during my first year at Gilman School, I found Craig to be a great friend and competitor both at school and during our summers in Sherwood Forest. Later in life, Craig was my doctor, very thorough and caring. I lost contact with him as I moved around the country but never stopped thinking of him as our younger son bears the name Craig. My deepest sympathies to his family and friends.

Martha and Bill Dobes

May 5, 2019

He left this life way too soon and his kind , loving spirit will be missed by us all. We wish you all peace and know that you all are in our thoughts .