|Remembering Woodrow (Woody) McBride|
Woodrow (Woody) McBride, retired mathematics faculty, died March 22 at Woodside Village, Valley Square, Grand Forks. He was 88.
McBride, the son of Isabelle Laing McBride and William George McBride, was born May 23, 1918 in Milton, N.D. He attended school in Milton and enjoyed many summers in his younger years berry picking in the beautiful wooded coulees in the surrounding area.
After graduating from high school, he attended Jamestown College (N.D.), graduating in 1940. He taught high school and coached basketball for six years in Lankin, Nekoma, and Wahpeton, N.D., as well as Carlton, Minn. He joined the mathematics department at UND in 1946 and completed his graduate work at UND, the University of Oregon in Eugene, the University of Wisconsin in Madison, and the University of New Mexico in Las Cruses. He was a caring and devoted teacher to his students at UND, always searching for new ways to help them better understand mathematics. He retired from UND in 1981.
He married Anna (Ann) Reidesel from Cathay, N.D., in 1944, and they were loving partners for 62 years. They spent many wonderful years together and loved to have afternoon coffee and pie, take short road trips, and winter in Arizona with their dear friends after Woody retired.
In his younger years, he loved to take on minor construction projects, have barbeques, and make the world's best malts. He enjoyed reading about current events, talking politics, listening to classical music (Mozart especially), watching westerns and Gunsmoke re-runs, and solving world problems over a good cup of coffee.
He was devoted to his family and was always a great listener. He was a trusted friend and confidant to many including his family, speaking well of and always finding the goodness in others.
McBride is survived by his son Scott McBride and Sandy Formo, Brooklyn Park, Minn.; Pat Anderson (McBride), St. Paul, Minn.; daughter, Rosanne McBride and son-in-law Tom Petros (Grand Forks); three grandsons, one granddaughter, two great grandsons, and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, parents, brothers Robert (Bob), Lang, George, and Gordon; sisters Marjorie Kelly, Eleanor Robbins and Grace Johnson.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. today, March 27, at Amundson Funeral Home, Grand Forks. Cards and memorials may be made c/o Amundson Funeral Home, P.O. Box 12012, Grand Forks, ND 58201.