Dr. George E. Hedrick III died at home on the 15th of April 2020. He died one week before his 77th birthday. Funeral services will begin at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 20, 2020 at the Stillwater First Christian Church under the direction of Strode Funeral Home and Cremation.
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George, known to his friends as ‘Woody,’ was born April 22, 1943, to George and Eileen Hedrick. He received his B.A. degree in mathematics from Adams State College in Alamosa, Colorado. He obtained his M.S. and Ph.D. computer science degrees from Iowa State University. He was the recipient of one of the first Ph.D. degrees in the newly formed field of computer science. In 1970 Dr. Hedrick was recruited to join a team to form the newly commissioned computer science department at Oklahoma State University, where he served across all academic ranks, including department head from 1984-1994 and again from 2000-2007. During his tenure at Oklahoma State, he held short term appointments as a Visiting professor of Mathematics at the University of Nottingham in the UK, the University of the South at Sewanee, and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
George had three children from a previous marriage: Mary, Bryan, and Laura. In 1976, he married Carolyn Ann Brann of Stillwater they had two children Robert and William.
Hedrick was a member of the First Christian Church in Stillwater, where he served as a deacon for many years. He was active in many professional organizations, including the MAA, ACM, and the History of Science Society. He served as chair of his group in the ACM for multiple terms.
Volunteering was an influential force in much of Woody’s life, and he believed it was important to build a better society through volunteerism. This drove him to serve as a volunteer for several charitable organizations, including the American Friends Service Committee, the Boy Scouts of America, the National Eagle Scout Association, and the National Alliance on Mental Illness. During his time in Pueblo, CO, he volunteered with the AFSC at Colorado State Hospital.
George was a lifelong scout and scouter, serving in many volunteer capacities: Assistant Scoutmaster, Scoutmaster, Toop/Pack/Crew/District committee member, Venture Crew Advisor, Unit/District Commissioner, and he served on the Will Rogers Council Executive Board. He served for many years as the advisor for the Theta Sigma Chapter of Alpha Phi Omega, a co-ed national service fraternity based on the ideals of scouting. During his tenure as an adult volunteer with the BSA, he received many awards, including Distinguished Commissioner Award and the Silver Beaver Award. As a youth, he received both the Explorer Silver Award and the Eagle Award.
As a NAMI volunteer, Dr. Hedrick served on the board for NAMI Oklahoma and NAMI of North Central Oklahoma. He was president of both organizations. He was active with NAMI in trying to improve the lives of those diagnosed with serious mental illness and their families.
He is survived by his wife Carolyn Hedrick and his sons Bryan Hedrick and wife Gayle of Newcastle, Robert Hedrick of Los Angeles, and William Hedrick and wife Sabrina of Edmond and his daughter Laura Hedrick of Stillwater, and four grandchildren, Paige, Micah, Logan, and Helen. He is also survived by his brothers Wayne Hedrick and wife Anne Caveny of Akron, OH; Tom Hedrick and wife Phyllis of Huntsville, AL., Scott Hedrick of Hampton, VA. As well as nephews Jeffrey (Huntsville, AL) and Adam (Hampton, VA)
George was predeceased by his daughter Mary Ellen, and his parents George and Eileen Hedrick
Memorials may be sent to the First Christian Church in Stillwater, NAMI of North Central Oklahoma, the Cimarron Council of the Boy Scouts of America or the Harvard Brain Bank