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Born: 11/29/1893, Died: 1/2/1976

Born in Philadelphia to Frank Bedford Wooley and Agnes (Weightman) Wooley, J. Bedford Wooley attended Central High School in the city and Swarthmore Preparatory School before completing a B.S. Arch. at the University of Pennsylvania in 1917. From 1917 to 1919, he served in World War I as a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force. There followed a period of office work with Horace W. Castor (1919), G. E. Brumbaugh (1920), Evans & Warner (1921), and Willing & Sims (1922). Wooley established his own practice in Philadelphia in 1922 and moved his office to Bryn Mawr, PA before 1962.

He joined the national AIA in 1945 and was a member of the Philadelphia Chapter. He was accorded emeritus status in 1964. Wooley served for a period as the president of the Bala Cynwyd-Narberth Rotary Club.

Written by Rima M. Girnius, Sandra L. Tatman, and Emily T. Cooperman.

Clubs and Membership Organizations

  • Pennsylvania Society of Architects
  • American Institute of Architects (AIA)
  • Philadelphia Chapter, AIA
  • Union League of Philadelphia
  • Undine Barge Club

School Affiliations

  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Central High School


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