Corrine Hood, Lab Owner and Former OLA President, Dies at 74


Corrine Hood.

REDDING, Calif.—Corrine S. Hood, 74, passed away at Willow Springs in Redding, California on Nov. 1, 2020. Hood was born in Benton, Illinois on Oct. 19, 1946. She graduated from San Juan High School, according to an obituary published in the Sacramento Bee. Her friend Darlene convinced her to go on a blind date with Richard Hood. It worked out, and months later they were married, later had a daughter. They resided in Carmichael for 49 years.

Hood got into the optical field where she excelled. She became business partners with Mike Francesconi of Katz & Klein Optical Lab in Sacramento, which they operated for many years. Hood became the first female president of both the Optical Laboratories Association (OLA) and the California Optical Laboratories Association (COLA). She was well liked and respected by her peers in the lab industry.

Locally, she volunteered her time to help educate women. Hood was pre-deceased by her husband of 49 years, Richard, who passed away in September 2011. She is survived by a daughter Richelle, granddaughters Corrine and Erica, grandson Aaron, son-in-law John, and brothers Micky, Rob and Jim. Due to the pandemic the Hood family will have a celebration of her life in mid-2021.