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Ted Wooldridge

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Ted Wooldridge Former Austin resident Ted Wooldridge passed away November 28, 2007, in Dallas, Texas. A celebration of Ted's life will be held on Saturday, December 8, 2007 at 1:00 p.m. at the Lake Highlands Presbyterian Church, 8525 Audelia Road, Dallas, TX 75238. Ted was born January 13, 1930 in Wichita Falls. He attended Trinity University in San Antonio. Ted met his future wife Jeanie in 1950, and the couple married on February 23, 1952 in San Antonio. They were married for 56 years. After school, Ted joined the U. S. Army and served his country in the Military Police. During the occupation of Japan, he served as an Honor Guard for General Douglas MacArthur. After his military service, Ted was employed by Southwestern Bell Telephone (later SBC) retiring after 36 years of service. He spent his last 10 years as a lobbyist for state government relations at the Texas Capitol and across the state. Ted was a very popular and effective advocate for the communications company. He worked closely with and became friends with many of the state's legislative leaders. Throughout his life, Ted was an avid traveler and photographer. With his various Nikon lenses, Ted captured incredible images of the world's landscapes and wildlife. After retirement, Ted continued to add to his interests by taking up woodworking and picture framing. He was also a great cook and proudly served as the "Mayor of Lucas Drive" in Austin. Ted was preceded in death by his parents and his sister Wanda Blakley. He is survived by his wife Jeanie and their three children, Mike Wooldridge and wife Tracy who reside in Georgia; Blair Wooldridge and wife Rochelle of Maui, Hawaii; and Karen Wooldridge, who lives in Dallas. The couple's four loving grandchildren are Blair and Dru Wooldridge of Georgia; Erin Wooldridge of Maui; and Mackenzie Keene of Dallas. Ted is also survived by his brother Tom Wooldridge and wife Jan of Dallas, his brother-in-law Ray Blakley of Woodward, Oklahoma as well as numerous nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association at www.diabetes.org (Memorial Donation).
Published in Austin American-Statesman on Dec. 1, 2007
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