Irene Bandy Hedden
1940 - 2021
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Hedden, Irene Bandy
1940 - 2021
Irene Bandy Hedden, was born August 30, 1940 in Montgomery, West Virginia to the late Ernest Wolff and Gesa (Koehne) Wolff. She quietly passed away on February 9, after being hospitalized in late January with pneumonia and cancer complications from her five-year battle with Metastatic Breast Cancer. Her son Nick Bandy, daughter-in-law Tracey, husband Larry Hedden, and stepson Greg, were able to be with her during her final days. She is survived by her older brother, Peter. Irene's grandchildren, Jackson, Fallon, and Brock Bandy and her step grandchildren, Brevyn and Brycetyn Hedden, were the loves of her life. Irene grew up in Euclid, Ohio graduating from Euclid High School in 1958. She received her undergraduate degree at Ohio University, her Master's at Eastern Kentucky, and received her doctorate in Educational Administration from Ohio State University. She was an active Alumnus, serving as the National Alumni President for both Ohio University and The Ohio State University. She served thirty years in public education, ending her career as Assistant Superintendent of Public Instruction for the State Department of Education of Ohio. Irene's tireless efforts put early childhood education at the forefront of Ohio's education agenda, and resulted in the first "Early Childhood Office" in a state agency in the U.S. She supported partnerships with both the Ohio Association for the Education of Young Children and Ohio's Head Start Association, helping to create a unified field of providers for private centers, Head Start and public schools. This collaborative effort resulted in the creation of the "Irene Bandy-Hedden" award that she presented annually at the Ohio Early Childhood Conference. She was a force that changed policies and programs in the service of young children and their families. As a long-time resident of Sarasota, she was active in community activities serving on the Orchestra Volunteer Board, Forum2005, and several Palm Aire Committees. She loved the Art's, attending recitals, Asolo Theater and Cabaret productions, and she enjoyed worldwide traveling. There will be no funeral service and in lieu of flowers, please consider a gift in honor of Irene to one her favorite charitable organizations: American Cancer Society: Web site: ( or 800-227-2345, or P.O. Box #42040, Oklahoma City Oklahoma, 73123, Sarasota Orchestra: 709 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL. 34236, Women's Resource Center: (941-366-1700) or (340 S. Tuttle Ave. Sarasota, FL. 34237.

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February 27, 2021
To Irene's family,

I was shocked and saddened to read of Dr. bandy's death. I had no idea she was ill. She was an assistant superintendent at the Ohio Department of Education when I was a member and president of the State Board of Education. She always handled herself in the most professional manner and was very helpful. I knew that she was supportive of early education but didn't realize that she was as involved as she continue to be. Please know that you have my deepest sympathy.
Pat Smith
Pat Smith
February 18, 2021
Irene was my first girlfriend and first teen age love. We were together two years before she went off to college. We re-connected 7 years ago and stayed in touch since. She was a special person with a special place in my heart. She will never be forgotten. My condolences to Larry, Nick and family.
Warren James
February 18, 2021
I met Irene during our days at Ohio University in the early 60's. We had many good times together over the years. She was an outstanding woman and friend. She will be missed. Condolences to
her son, Nick, and his family.
Bill Patterson
Bill Patterson
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