Damon C. Woods, FIDSA

Damon C. Woods, FIDSA
(d. 1968)

U.S. automotive designer who was manager of the Body Development Studio at the Ford Motor Company, and part of the team that designed the Ford Thunderbird, which was introduced in 1955.

In the early 1960s, he was promoted to chief interior designer, and was on the team that designed the Ford Mustang, which was introduced in 1964. For a period of time he was assigned to Ford England to broaden his experience.

He was awarded Fellowship in IDSA posthumously in 1968 after his untimely death in a car crash. Because of Damon's personal high interest in F. Eugene Smith's slide presentations on "Why Ugliness," showing the gross ugliness on America's commercial business strips, IDSA established the Damon Woods Memorial Award, which was awarded for contributions to improve the environment. Among recipients were the American Institute of Architects (1969) and Mrs. Lyndon Johnson (1972).

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