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Richard Hedrich

Published: Monday, Dec. 17, 2012 10:53 a.m. CST

ATLANTIC BEACH, Fla. — Dr. Richard Hedrich, 83, of Atlantic Beach, Fla., a native of Tiskilwa and a long-time resident of Washington, D.C., where he served in the federal government for 20 years, died Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012.

Born Nov. 29, 1929 to Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Hedrich of Tiskilwa, he attended Tiskilwa schools except for one year in Rantoul and two years in Portland, Ore. He graduated from Northwestern University in 1951.

Receiving a Navy commission upon graduation, he served on active duty for three years. For several more years he was a member of the reserve Naval Intelligence Company in Washington, D.C. In 1959, he received his Ph.D. in political science at the University of Maryland, where he was an instructor from 1958 to 1960, and taught evening courses for six additional years.

He entered the government in 1960 as an associate in the research division of the U.S. Office of Education, and moved in 1966 to the newly established National Endowment for the Humanities. He was that agency’s first grants officer, then first director of public programs, and from 1973 until his retirement in 1980, coordinator of the program of science, technology and human values. In that position he served on advisory committees for the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy and other agencies.

He is survived by two nieces, Susan Wallace of River Forest and Mary Katherine Pomonis of Champaign; and three nephews, Richard Hedrich of Henderson, Nev., James Hedrich of Norcross, Ga., and John Hedrich of Princeton.

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