Watkinsville - Dr. Gary Alton Dudley, 54, passed away Friday, September 29, 2006. Dr. Dudley was born in Huntington, WV, and was raised in South Point, OH. While at Marshall University, Gary met Tammie Moore and the couple married December 20, 1975. Gary began his career with a post-doc in Syracuse, NY, where the couple celebrated the birth of their first child. The family moved to Athens, OH, where Gary taught at Ohio University; here, three more children were born. The young couple and their four children enjoyed their years in Florida with the sunshine and beach, as Gary worked at NASA. In 1992, Gary took a faculty position in Exercise Science at UGA. Gary built a house in the woods in Watkinsville, GA, for his family, dog, pet pig, and hunting hobby. He also enjoyed camping, fishing, boating, lifting weights, and watching football (go Buckeyes!). His first grandchild is expected in February 2007.
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Dr. Dudley received his BA in Math and P.E. from Marshall University and his MA and PhD in Exercise Physiology from the Ohio State University. He was a Distinguished Research Professor and was awarded UGA's prestigious Creative Research Medal. He led extensive research with the Shepherd Center in Atlanta, GA. Dr. Dudley is beloved by all of his students and is known around the world for his innovative muscle biology studies. He was a member of NSCA, ACSM, and the American Physiological Society.
Gary Dudley is the son of the late Glen Dudley and JoAnn Boley. Gary is survived by his wife, Tammie Leigh Moore Dudley, four children, Kara Renée Dudley Smith, Jared Travis Dudley, Joshua Brandon Dudley, and Kristen Leigh Dudley, all of Watkinsville; son-in-law Rocky Smith; stepmother Judy Dudley of Barboursville, WV; stepfather Harold Boley of South Point, OH; brother James Dudley, wife Jan, and children Scott and Elliott of Pueblo, CO; brother Edward Boley and wife Angie of South Point, OH; father-and-mother-in-law Spencer and Lee Moore of Huntington, WV; brother-and-sister-in-law Scott and Shelby Johnson and their children Sarah, Rachel, and Hunter of Willow Wood, OH; brother-and-sister-in-law Jay and Melodie Smulick of Hurdle Mills, NC; brother-in-law Sam Moore and son Sam Moore, Jr. of Orlando, FL.
The family will receive friends Monday, October 2, 2006 from 6:00 until 8:00 PM at the Lord & Stephens Funeral Home West, located at 1211 Jimmy Daniel Road, Bogart, GA 30622 (706-549-3342).
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, October 3, 2006, at 1:00 PM at Antioch Christian Church in Watkinsville, GA, with burial in the church cemetery.
Those desiring may send donations in Gary's memory to either Antioch Christian Church in Watkinsville, GA, or the Shepherd Center in Atlanta, GA.
Gary Dudley was a wonderful husband, father, and teacher, and will be missed by all.
Lord and Stephens, WEST, is in charge of arrangements.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home - West Chapel
1211 Jimmy Daniel Road Watkinsville, GA 30622
Published in Athens Banner-Herald on Oct. 2, 2006