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John V. Hendrick Jr., 95, cofounder of Pa. vets museum

July 5, 2014

By Bonnie L. Cook, The Philadelphia Inquirer



July 05--John V. "Bud" Hendrick Jr., 95, of Wallingford, a cofounder of the Pennsylvania Veterans Museum in Media, died Tuesday, June 24, of cardiovascular disease at his home.

Mr. Hendrick grew up in the Germantown section of Philadelphia and lived in Drexel Hill for 35 years before moving to Wallingford in 1988.

He worked as a pharmaceutical representative for the wholesale division of Smith, Kline & French for 36 years and later joined Suburban Medical Services in Newtown Square as manager of pharmaceutical purchasing.

During World War II, he served aboard the submarine Pasadena in the South Pacific from 1944 to 1946, and was awarded the Pacific Theater Ribbon with six battle stars. Afterward, he was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3460 in Media.

For 30 years, Mr. Hendrick was a member and lector at St. Dorothy Parish in Drexel Hill. Later, he was a 27-year member of St. John Chrysostom Catholic Church in Wallingford.

On Veterans Day 2005, Mr. Hendrick, along with Ed Buffman and Media Mayor Bob McMahon, opened the Pennsylvania Veterans Museum on State Street in Media.

The trio collected military memorabilia and oral histories from veterans of all military branches. The stories were videotaped and presented in interactive kiosks, along with displays providing visual history lessons.

"There was one kiosk for each branch of the service, and one for women," said his daughter, Barbara Murphy. "There were packs with parachutes that they would let the kids try on to see how heavy they were."

His family said the aim of the museum was to teach the public, especially children, about the experiences of veterans and the sacrifices they made during wartime in the name of freedom and security.

Mr. Hendrick served as vice chairman and curator of the museum until he became ill in 2011.

"The museum was his passion," his family said in a tribute. "He told everyone he met to go there and take their families. He gladly served as tour guide when friends visited, even when leg weakness limited his mobility."

In honor of Mr. Hendrick's experiences as a Navy war veteran, his granddaughter Sharon Ferry wrote a children's book in 2010 explaining Veterans Day to young children. It was titled Granddad Bud. Mr. Hendrick and his granddaughter did book signings, which were well attended, Murphy said.

Mr. Hendrick's wife, Alice Gallagher Hendrick, died in October 2013. They had been married for 71 years.

Surviving, besides his daughter, are two other daughters, Donna Procaccio and Meg DeFeo; son Jack; 16 grandchildren; and 25 great-grandchildren.

Services were Saturday, June 28.

Contributions may be made to the Pennsylvania Veterans Museum, 12 E. State St., Media, Pa. 19063.

bcook@phillynews.com 610-313-8102

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