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Roy Bedichek Roy Bedichek, around 50, courtesy of Alan Pipkin Roy Bedichek Historical Marker Historical Marker in an Eddy Texas cemetery, courtesy of Debbie ?. It reads:

Born in Illinois to J. M. and Lucretia (Craven) Bedichek, Roy came to Falls County at the age of six. Educated first in his parents' school at Blevins and later at the Bedicheks' Eddy Literary and Scientific Institute, he graduated from the University of Texas in 1903. He and Lillian Greer were married in 1910. Their children were Mary, Sarah, and Bachman.

Bedichek was a reporter, editor, teacher, and homesteader before joining the staff of the University of Texas in 1917. He became the second director of the university Scholastic League (UL) in 1922. For twenty-six years he tailored league policies to the American ideal of education for every child. His use of educational competition as "a spur to industry and a whetstone of talent" has shaped the lives of the countless students who have participated in the UL academic, athletic, and musical contents.

A lifelong outdoorsman and animal lover, Bedichek wrote "Adventures with a Texas Naturalist," which was published in 1947. His letters, evidence of his enthusiastic correspondence, were collected into two books. Bedichek is fondly remembered as a conversationalist, Folklorist, and storyteller who related all experience to the natural world. "He had the most richly stored mind of any man I ever knew," said his friend J. Frank Dobie.

Roy Bedichek in 1947 Roy Bedichek in 1947, courtesy of Alan Pipkin

Roy Bedichek, wrote

  • Adventures with a Texas Naturalist
  • Karankaway Country
  • The Sense of Smell
  • Educational Competition: The Story of the University Interscholastic League of Texas, Austin: Univ of Texas Press 1956 ISBN: 1125204117.
  • He also wrote the introduction to Brann and the Iconoclast by Charles Carver, Austin UT Press 1957.

    Roy's letters are in:

  • Letters of Roy Bedichek by Lyman Grant (Editor), William A. Owens (Editor)
  • Three Friends : Roy Bedichek, J. Frank Dobie, Walter Prescott Webb : A Personal History.
  • The Roy Bedichek Family Letters by Jane Gracy Bedichek (Editor).

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    Last updated August 25, 2003