Dr. Woodham, former Director of International Studies and Chairman of the TSUD History Department, was born in Hartford, Alabama. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Birmingham-Southern College, where he was Phi Beta Kappa, and both his MA and Ph.D. from Duke University. In his academic career he served as a visiting Professor of History at Birmingham-Southern College, an Assistant Professor of History at the University of Oregon, and as director of a research project in the archives of Madrid and Seville, Spain. Woodham was a member of the American Historical Association, Organization of American Historians, Pacific Coast Council of Latin Pacific American Studies, Alabama Historical Association, Association of Alabama Historians, and Fort Rucker Historical Society.
His wife, Sonja, and daughter, Carole, sponsored this memorial tree in his honor.
“Liriodendron tulipifera — known as the tulip tree, American tulip tree, tuliptree, tulip poplar, whitewood, fiddle-tree, and yellow poplar — is the Western Hemisphere representative of the two-species genus Liriodendron, and the tallest eastern hardwood. It is native to eastern North America from Southern Ontario and Illinois eastward to Connecticut and southern New York, and south to central Florida and Louisiana. It can grow to more than 50 m (165 feet) in virgin cove forests of the Appalachian Mountains, often with no limbs until it reaches 25–30 m (80–100 feet) in height, making it a very valuable timber tree. It is fast-growing, without the common problems of weak wood strength and short lifespan often seen in fast-growing species. April marks the start of the flowering period in the southern USA (except as noted below); trees at the northern limit of cultivation begin to flower in June. The flowers are pale green or yellow (rarely white), with an orange band on the tepals; they yield large quantities of nectar. The tulip tree is the state tree of Indiana, Kentucky, and Tennessee.” [Source - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liriodendron_tulipifera ]
The “For More Info” Project is a joint venture of The Wiregrass Archives and the Troy University Libraries funded in part by a generous grant from the Historic Chattahoochee Commission Seed Grant Program. Begun in 2015, “For More Info” provides a place to find biographical information and images of the people honored in the Memorial Tree Program established by the Dothan Beautification Board in 1991 and continued at Troy University Dothan Campus.
“For More Info” also provides organizational histories and biographical sketches concerning named buildings, rooms, and other facilities on campus.