The 2013 Hall of Distinguished Alumni


Judy Layne-Wood

Judy Layne-Wood, ’82, ’83, has deep Kentucky roots, set when an ancestor, Johannes Hager, came to eastern Kentucky after service in the Revolutionary War. For 200 years, his descendants farmed their land in Betsy Lane. When Layne-Wood’s parents taught the values of hard work and perseverance, they spoke from experience.

Supported by “caring, resourceful professors,” she earned a B.A. in English and political science and an M.A. in English, marrying classmate Robert G. Wood, ’82. After a rewarding career teaching English and creative writing in Germany and Virginia and serving as graduation registrar for the College of William and Mary, Layne-Wood has applied her creativity, communication skills, and deep sense of community to new teaching challenges requiring extraordinary tact and sensitivity.

A long-time student of multiple schools of yoga and yoga therapy, she has seen yoga’s potential increasingly recognized for those suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, cancer, and multiple physical impairments and disabilities. Layne-Wood is now a sought-after yoga teacher at Langley Air Force Base and at a local YMCA, working with the elderly and those touched by cancer.

Translating her gratitude to Eastern into service, she is now in her second term on the International Alumni Association board, having spurred her class of 1982 to a 15 percent increase in participation for a 30th reunion gift of $52,000. Working with the Wounded Warriors Project through the Wives’ Club of Fort Monroe and the Spouses’ Club of Fort Eustis, she has helped raise more than $180,000. With the presidency of Wives and Widows of Retired Officers and service on the Victory YMCA board of management, it is not surprising that Judy Layne-Wood was named Volunteer of the Year in both Fort Eustis and Fort Monroe, ably representing a long line of hard workers who believed in perseverance for the sake of strong, healthy communities.

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