WARDRUM, Earl Roy of St. Petersburg, passed away July 4, 2014, at the age of 80 in the care of Suncoast Hospice.He was born Feb. 7, 1934 in Chicago, IL, to Florence Anna Przybyszewski and Roy Wardrum.He attended University of Illinois where he earned a B.Arch., Magna Cum Laude, in 1957.He was drafted into the Army in 1957, where he had the unique opportunity to work under Werner Van Braun at the U.S. Army Redstone Arsenal complex in Huntsville, AL.There he tested rockets for the U.S. space program. After his Army tenure, Earl earned his M.Arch. from the University of Illinois in 1960. He enjoyed a long career in the field of architecture and design where he specialized in hospital planning. He founded and managed three of his own firms including Health Facilities Planning in Cleveland, OH, in 1977.A member of the AIA, Earl designed over 40 medical facilities worldwide. He moved to St. Petersburg in 1992 to enjoy his love of boating and sailing year-round.Although he planned on a semi-retirement, his passion for architecture drew him back into the field.He enjoyed teaching architecture courses both at the University of South Florida in Tampa and at St. Petersburg College. He also consulted with local architect Robert Aude and his firm Aude, Shane and Williams AIA on several area projects including the design for the renovation of the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg and the design for St. Raphael's Church on Snell Island.Earl was involved with many local organizations including the St. Petersburg Yacht Club, the St. Petersburg Sail & Power Squadron, OLLI at Eckerd College, the Boys and Girls Club and the Clearwater Chorale. He is survived by his partner and best friend, Shari Watson.He will be missed by his five children, Christopher, Eric (Michelle), Mark, Amy Grenier (Michael) and Scott (Alice); and his three grandchildren, Alexander, Gretchen and Lucy. A Memorial Service will be held at Maximo Presbyterian Church, 3200 58th Ave. S., St. Petersburg, on Saturday, July 26, at 11 am.In lieu of flowers, Earl's family kindly requests that donations be made to the Boys and Girls Club of St. Petersburg or St. Petersburg Opera Company. www.AndersonMcQueen.com
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Published in the Tampa Bay Times on July 17, 2014