TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Phillip Randall Fordyce, 77, of Tallahassee and formerly of Lyons, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2006, after a long illness.
Born May 28, 1928, in Lyons, he was the son of Agnes and Russell Fordyce.
He grew up in rural Indiana where he married Marilyn Lamb. They enjoyed 58 years together. He received his bachelor's and master's degrees from Butler University in Indianapolis. He served in the Marine Corps from 1946-1948. He began his career teaching high school science in Indiana and Illinois. The family moved to Tallahassee when he accepted an appointment as assistant professor at Florida State University. He was recognized as a national leader in biology education. Over the years, he held several key administrative posts at FSU, including dean of the College of Education from 1969-1974; provost for the Division of Professional Schools and Colleges, 1974-1977; special assistant to the president; assistant chief executive officer, 1977-1980; interim athletic director, 1979-1981; and associate chief executive officer, 1981-1982. He also directed International Programs for five years and co-directed the Florida/Costa Rica Linkage Institute for seven years. In addition, he served as the first director of licensing for the Seminole Boosters. He retired in 1994 after 31 years with FSU.
He enjoyed spending time with his family, traveling and spending summers at the family's Colorado cabin. He appreciated the beauty and mystique of the West and the simpler life in rural Colorado. From the time he was a young boy, he was drawn to western books and movies, which were his lifelong interests. He was a dog lover and an avid FSU sports fan.
Survivors include: his wife Marilyn Fordyce; five children, Debbie Perry and her husband Richard, Natalie Bache and her husband Jerry of Tampa, Fla., Marilyn Crowell and her husband Perry, Kerry Fordyce and his wife Janice, and Tim Fordyce and his wife Jamela; three grandchildren, Lauren and Rebecca Fordyce and Natalie Crowell; a step-granddaughter, Casey Crowell; a sister, Sharon Ede and her husband John of Hilton Head Island; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Culley's MeadowWood Funeral Home, Timberlane Road Chapel.
Friends may call from 6-8 p.m. on Friday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the National Parkinson Foundation, 1501 N.W. Ninth, Bob Hope Road, Miami, FL 33136; American Heart Association, Florida/Puerto Rico Affiliate, 9900 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. N., St. Petersburg, FL 33716-3801; or a favorite charity.