Ronald Glen Woodbury

Born: Sat., Apr. 3, 1943
Died: Sun., Aug. 21, 2011

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RONALD GLEN WOODBURY April 3, 1943-August 21, 2011 Dr. Ronald Glen Woodbury of Pendleton died on Sunday, August 21, 2011. He was 68. Born in Glen Ridge, NJ on April 3, 1943, the son of Glen and Barbara Carr Woodbury, he was raised in Reading, Massachusetts and attended the Belmont Hill School. He graduated from Amherst College, Amherst, MA, Magna Cum Laude in 1965. He received his doctorate in Latin American History from Columbia University in 1971. Dr. Woodbury married Melissa Teele in 1965. He started his teaching career at the University of California at Irvine and then taught at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington where he also served as a dean. In 1987 he became the Vice President for Academic Affairs at Lock Haven University in PA and then held the same position at Potsdam College of the State University of New York. In 1993 he became the President of The Panama Canal College in the Republic of Panama before returning to Potsdam College as a member of the faculty. He retired to St. Augustine, FL in 2001. Dr. Woodbury is survived by his wife of 46 years, Melissa, two daughters, Dr, Deborah Woodbury Forte and her husband Earl of Radnor, PA and Dr. Sarah Woodbury Haug and her husband Dan of Pendleton. Six grandchildren, Brynne, Carew, Gareth and Taran Haug and Thomas and Jonathan Forte, his brother, Dr. John C. Woodbury and his wife Janet of NJ, his sister-in-law, Anne Woodbury of Maine, numerous cousins, nieces and nephews also survive him. There will be a Celebration of his Life on Saturday, Sept. 3, 2011 at 2:00 PM at the First Christian Church in Pendleton. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to either the First Christian Church of Pendleton Disciples of Christ or to the Sierra Club Foundation. Memorials may be sent car of the burns Mortuary of Pendleton, P.O. Box 489, Pendleton, Oregon 97801. You may sign the online register book, or send condolences online at Burns Mortuary of Pendleton is in charge of arrangements.

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Donna Johnson
   Posted Wed August 24, 2011
I was so surprised to view Ron's obit this morning. I worked with Ron at Evergreen and he was so energetic and smart. I loved his excitement for technology and I remember being invited to his home along with a task force that I was working with and we had such a wonderful evening. Melissa made us her famous manicotti. I was also surprised to learn that Ron and family settled in Pendleton Oregon where my brother and wife reside. RIP Ron - I'm sorry that our paths didn't cross in our later years. My sincere condolences to out to Ron's family. Donna Carpenter Johnson

george woodruff
   Posted Wed August 24, 2011
It is with disbelief that Ron has passed. I appreciated his intelligence and caring about people and the human condition..he was the social conscience of our time...I will miss our conversations and his letters...he was a model for what is right in the world...I am a better person and educator because of his influence... May he rest in peace and may his challenges to be the best for others never be forgotten.. George R Woodruff Past Assistant Superintendent Tumwater School District

Brenda Primmer
   Posted Thu August 25, 2011
Melissa, I am so very sorry to hear about your loss. Thoughts & prayers, Brenda Primmer

Ruth Hall
   Posted Fri August 26, 2011
Dear Melissa, Just wanted to say that you, Ron and family are in my prayers. You are all such gifted souls who make wonderful models for all of us and those who meet you. Ron's and your cheeriness always in spite of life's difficulties always uplited those around you. As I was picking the seeds off my nasturtium plants this morning, I couldn't help but think how the seeds you and Ron planted in the challenging soil of this world have blossomed so beautifully! They are a fitting legacy, I'd say--he must be very gratified! Warmest love, Ruth Hall

Chris Meserve
   Posted Sat August 27, 2011
Thanks so much for posting Ron's obituary in The Olympian. I was so sorry to read of his passing. I was a student in Ron's "Power and Decision in American Society" at Evergreen. It was 38 years ago! He was the toughest teacher I ever had, including all my law school professors. He was so enthusiastic, smart, engaging, funny, challenging. And so supportive at the same time! When my son started law school last week, my only concern was that he hadn't had a teacher like Ron Woodbury to really prepare him to work hard and long. I remember his insistence to the Tumwater School District that their textbooks be non-sexist. He was so ahead of his time! Can you imagine if they were still using those textbooks today? He always told us to disclose our assumptions when we made an argument. I quoted him just the other day in the middle of a meeting. His legacy lives on in his family and in his students also. Thanks for sharing him with us.

Hope Longstreet Hough
   Posted Fri September 02, 2011
“There are some who bring a light so great to the world that even after they’re gone, the light remains.”—Curly Girl Design I am saddened to learn of Ron’s passing and want to express my condolences to his family. I was clerical support for Ron at The Evergreen State College and appreciated his intelligence, energy, enthusiasm, and kindness. Even without seeing him, I always knew when Ron arrived because his metal lunch box would clatter to the table outside by door when he stopped to check his mail, and his visits to my office provided for at least one bright spot in most every day. He was known on campus for being a stickler for accuracy and dependability, and I am flattered that he found me competent enough in responding to his requests to provide a recommendation for promotion. I have thought of him many times over the years and am sorry we never had another opportunity to reconnect.

Douglas Amon
   Posted Sat September 03, 2011
Schoolmate,team-mate,neighbor,friend.Ron and his family were always great friends of our family,growing up in Reading and attending Belmont Hill School.Being two years behind Ron and my brother Hank in school, I was privileged to play on the great BH basketball team of 1960-1961.Ron was a vital component of their success. We also had our own "family" rivalries on our backyard court at Scotland Road,Reading. My heartfelt sympathy to all of the Woodbury family. with Love, Doug Amon

James Hennings
   Posted Thu September 15, 2011
Ron was a classmate of mine in high school. After graduation we did not see each other for fifty years, but our paths crossed as we both went West. I followed his career in class notes, heard about him from a younger brother who attended Evergreen Collage , and remembered him whenever I saw his cousin, Steve Carr. Through Steve I was fortunate to be added to the Downside Up list. I came to look forward to that monthly dose of politics and academic thought. After he moved to Pendleton, I was able to set up a dinner with him as he traveled through Portland. His wit, wisdom and thoughtfulness remained as I remembered from fifty years prior. Ron' life was one of scholarship, compassion and well lived. I am glad that we were able to reconnect.

Jeff Dorsey
   Posted Thu October 20, 2011
I just got back from Burma and saw the letter from the Alumni Office of BHS concerning Ron's death. I remember Ron and will mourn his loss. I see from the short bio that he put what he learned at Belmont Hill to good use and helped many people with his teaching in the US and abroad. Please accept my sympathy for our loss and know that I will remember him. Jeff Dorsey 305-323-7166 in Miami.

Jacob Petty
   Posted Mon January 13, 2014
It was a pleasure dealing with Mr. Woodbury over the years. He was a very nice man and a good customer of ours at Ray's Tire and Service in St. Augustine, FL. I can still picture him coming in the waiting room with his seat cushion and us chatting about different tires that he's read about in consumer reports. We were just thinking about him today and some of our customers that we enjoyed developing relationships with that we've lost. May God bless his family.

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