BROWNSVILLE — Services will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Hartland on Aug. 23 at 1:30 p.m. for John R. Pedrick, 71. John, who loved hopping in his RV with his dogs, has embarked on his last adventure on Aug. 8. He died at home in the presence of absolute love. A reception will follow at the hotel at Mt. Ascutney.
He was born June 16, 1943, in Norristown, Pennsylvania, son of D. Webster and Virginia Cox Pedrick.
He graduated from Germantown Academy, 1962, and Bates College, AB 1966. He taught at Germantown Academy, Pennsylvania 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, Massachusetts 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, Rhode Island, 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 Rhode Island 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; two sons, Chandler Pedrick of Reading, and Webster Pedrick of Santa Cruz, California; two wonderful granddaughters, Samantha and Alexa Pedrick of Reading; two brothers Daniel W. Pedrick of Tequesta, Florida, and David R. Pedrick, Newport, Rhode Island; one sister Ginger (Boo) Searle, Amherst, New Hampshire; foster brother, David Carey of Ashland, Oregon; and beloved nieces, nephews, cousins, great-nieces and nephews.
John was member of Trinity Church, Newport, Rhode Island, but in retirement, he and Nancy attended the Unitarian Universalist Church, Hartland, Vermont.
Donations may be made to Pedrick Legacy Fund, The Pennfield School, Sandy Point Road, Portsmouth, RI 02871, UU Church, Hartland, 05058, Lucy Mackenzie Animal Shelter, Rte 44, Brownsville, 05037, Kerrington D. Smith, MD, Dartmouth Pancreas Education and Research Fund, 1 Medical Center Drive, Lebanon, N.H. 03756-0001.
This obituary first appeared in the August 14, 2014 print edition of the Vermont Standard.
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