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.
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- Pennsylvania Society of Architects
- American Institute of Architects (AIA)
- Philadelphia Chapter, AIA
- Union League of Philadelphia
- Undine Barge Club
- University of Pennsylvania
- Central High School
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