FLORENCE – Francis Marion University is inviting the public to join students, alumni, faculty, and staff at the dedication of the Hendrick Dining Room. The room is being named in memory of former FMU professor Lynn D. “Skip” Hendrick on March 16 at noon in the Ervin Dining Hall.
Hendrick, long time professor of physics at the university, died of cancer in 1998. Just before his death, Hendrick received the 1998 George B. Pegram Award for Excellence in Teaching, an award bestowed by the Southeastern Section of the American Physical Society.
The society is an organization of physicists from 13 states in the southeast region. The award is made annually to a physics professor who best exemplifies the attributes of an excellent teacher. In 1988-89, Hendrick was named the Distinguished Professor at FMU.
Hendrick received his bachelor and master degrees in engineering physics from Auburn University. He earned his Ph.D. degree in physics at the University of South Carolina. He came to Francis Marion in 1970 as a founding faculty member and established Bachelor of Science degree programs at FMU in physics, health physics, and engineering technology.
Hendrick designed the physics floors of the McNair Science Building and the Leatherman Science Facility on the FMU campus and organized campus chapters of the Society of Physics Students, the Health Physics Society, and the Sigma Pi Sigma Honor Society.
In November 1999, the Lynn D. “Skip” Hendrick Award in Physics and Health Physics, a scholarship to be awarded to a FMU health physics, physics or engineering technology major, was established in memory of the late professor. Under Hendrick’s guidance, FMU’s health physics program consistently ranked as one of the top 10 programs in the nation. In 1998, the program received a special commendation from the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education. Hendrick devoted his professional life to the teaching of college physics.
Under Hendrick’s leadership, the physics program at FMU grew from one course, with an enrollment of six, to 18 courses, with an enrollment of more than 900 students.