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Hubert Odell Waldby

Hubert Odell Waldby, age 96, passed away on July 29, 2014 at Westminister Oaks in Tallahassee, Florida. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Dolores Livesay Waldby, to whom he was married for 48 years. He then married Frances Lowe Waldby, who passed away in 2012 just a few days short of their 17th anniversary.

Dr. Waldby moved to Tallahassee in 1951 to begin his teaching career at Florida State University. He was a professor of public administration and political science at FSU until retiring in 1985, taking two breaks to help establish public administration departments at universities in the Philippines and Taiwan. He served as FSU's Vice President of Administration from 1967 through 1969. After retiring from FSU, he spent several years helping the US Airforce establish public administration programs overseas.

Dr. Waldby was born in Ada, Oklahoma, in 1918, and grew up with two brothers and three sisters during the Great Depression. He worked his way through the University of Oklahoma and was beginning his graduate studies when WWII began. Upon joining the US Navy, he was sent to Harvard Business School and then to the Pacific front, where he was present when Japan surrendered in Tokyo Bay. Following WWII, he completed his doctorate at the University of Michigan.

Dr. Waldby is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Debbie and Steve Larios of Nashville,Tennessee, his granddaughter and her husband, Sarah Larios and Mark Adams of Sheffield, England, and his sisters, Annice Flippo and Doris Anderson. He is also survived by his stepchildren, Lynda Gibson, Debbie Gibson, Renee Gibson, and Gordon Gibson, and by his step-granddaughter Lorin Brand. He loved them all, and he will be greatly missed.

A private memorial service is planned by the family. Kelly Barber at Bevis Funeral Home ( or 850/385-2193) is assisting the family with their arrangements.



Published in Tallahassee Democrat from July 31 to Aug. 3, 2014
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