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June 15, 1999



Watertown, Mass. -- Memorial services for Walter Lee "Sam" Hedrick, 88, Concord, will be held at 2 p.m. Sept. 26 at St. John's United Methodist Church, Watertown.

Mr. Hedrick died Friday, June 11, 1999, in Concord of natural causes. Cremation has been held.

He was born Aug. 15, 1910, in Gardner, Kan., and named Walter Lee, but he always was called "Sam."

He graduated from Baker University in 1932, then received a master of sacred theology degree from Boston University in 1934.

He joined the Baker University faculty in 1943 and served as the executive director of the Kansas conference of the Methodist Church. In 1948 he joined the Boston University School of Theology faculty.

Baker awarded Mr. Hedrick a doctor of letters in 1951.

Following his retirement from BU, he was associate pastor at St. John's United Methodist Church in Watertown for 10 years. He also served churches in Gloucester and the Kansas communities of Cherokee, Valley Falls and Rosedale.

He was a member of the New England Chapter of Methodist Social Action and the Kansas Conference of the Methodist Church. He was a parent education coordinator for Newton (Mass.) Public Schools and a participant in the American Civil Liberties Union.

Mr. Hedrick married Frances Elizabeth Chubb on June 15, 1933. She died in July 1996.

Survivors include two sons, Thomas, Lawrence, and Samuel W., Dobbs Ferry, N.Y.; a daughter, Nancy Desmond, Washington, D.C.; eight grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials to the Sam Hedrick Peace and Justice Fund, the New England Chapter of Methodist Social Action, sent in care of Joyce Robinson, 191 Sumner Ave., Andover, Mass. 01810.

MacDonald, Rockwell & MacDonald Funeral Home, Watertown, is in charge of arrangements.

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