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John R. Pedrick

Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Brownsville, Vt. —John R. Pedrick, 71, who loved hopping in his RV with his dogs, has embarked on his last adventure on Friday, Aug. 8, 2014. He died at home in the presence of absolute love. He was the son of D. Webster and Virginia Cox Pedrick, born June 16, 1943, in Norristown, Pa. He was graduated from Germantown Academy, 1962, and Bates College, AB 1966. He taught at Germantown Academy, Pa. from 1966-1972, and received his MS from the University of Pennsylvania where he was a member of Phi Delta Kappa. Shore Country Day School in Beverly, Mass. was his next calling where he was Assistant Head, Head of Lower School, 1972-1983. During the summers, John served as a director at Camp Kieve, Nobleboro, Maine, 1972-1982. In 1983, The Pennfield School, (formally The New School), Portsmouth, R.I., was seeking its second Head of School. John relished the challenge of growing this small diamond of a school to its present state of recognized excellence. He moved the campus three times during his 22 year tenure, retiring after overseeing the building of its permanent home. He served as President of Independent Schools Association of R.I. and was a Director of the Association of Independent Schools of New England.

Throughout these years John made life long friends and was wonderful in his ability to maintain connections. He had passion for travel often going abroad. After retirement to Brownsville, John helped design the restoration of his late 1700’s cape, and he, his wife Nancy, and dogs explored our country in his RV. His was joyous life of love, friendship, and service.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 48 years, Nancy; sons, Chandler Pedrick, Reading, Vt., Webster Pedrick, Santa Cruz, Calif.; two wonderful granddaughters, Samantha and Alexa Pedrick, Reading; brothers, Daniel W. Pedrick, Tequesta, Florida, David R. Pedrick, Newport, R.l.; sister, Ginger (Boo) Searle, Amherst, N.H.; foster brother, David Carey, Ashland, Ore.; and beloved nieces, nephews, cousins, great nieces and nephews.

John was member of Trinity Church, Newport, R.I., but in retirement, he and Nancy attended the Unitarian Universalist Church, Hartland, Vt. Services will be held there, Aug., 23, 2014, 1:30 p.m., reception following at the hotel at Mt. Ascutney.

Donations may be made to Pedrick Legacy Fund, The Pennfield School, Sandy Point Road, Portsmouth, RI 02871, UU Church, Hartland, VT, 05058, Lucy MacKenzie Animal Shelter, Rte 44, Brownsville, VT 05037, Kerrington D. Smith, MD, Dartmouth Pancreas Education and Research Fund, 1 Medical Center Drive, Lebanon, NH 03756-0001.

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