Charles Rue Woods, art director at Grove Atlantic for nearly 20 years, died May 15. He was 69.

Woods retired in 2016 after a long and distinguished career in publishing. Over the course of his years in publishing he worked at Random House, Simon & Schuster, St. Martin’s Press, Picardor, Turtle Bay Books, and Tricycle Magazine among other publishers. In addition to art and design, Woods held positions in editorial, marketing and creative direction.

Among the many iconic book jackets he designed are the covers of such works as A.S. Byatt’s Angels & Insects, Allegra Kent’s Once a Dancer, Susanna Kaysen’s Girl Interrupted, Carolyn Chute’s Beans of Egypt, Maine, John Kennedy Toole’s A Confederacy of Dunces, and Kenzaburo Oe’s The Silent Cry.

A memorial service is planned for later this summer.