Lawrence E. Hendricks, 70, executive for Social Security

January 01, 1996|By Lisa Respers | Lisa Respers,SUN STAFF

Lawrence E. Hendricks, a retired Social Security Administration executive and avid sailor, died Dec. 20 on his boat in the Virgin Islands from complications of an infection. He was 70.

Mr. Hendricks, who lived in Baltimore, was born in Charleston, S.C., in 1925. His family home was near the Atlantic Ocean, and he learned to sail at an early age.

He graduated in 1943 from Porter Military Academy in Charleston, where he received pilot training. He was an Air Force pilot until 1945.

After being discharged, Mr. Hendricks enrolled in the University of Alabama, where he majored in political science and economics. He graduated in 1949 with bachelor's degrees in both subjects.

Mr. Hendricks became a claims trainee for the Social Security Administration in Charleston in 1950. He advanced quickly, holding positions in several cities before moving to Baltimore in 1968 to be assistant director of the Bureau of District Office Operations.

In 1969, he married Jean Parrott, a program analyst for the Health Care Financing Administration.

In 1981, Mr. Hendricks was promoted to associate commissioner and director of field operations, with oversight of the 1,300 Social Security districts and branch offices in the country.

Mr. Hendricks was a member of the Gibson Island Club, Annapolis Yacht Club, Windjammers of the Chesapeake and the Rotary and Kiwanis clubs.

Mrs. Hendricks said that after her husband retired in 1987, he often spoke of sailing to the tropics. "He said that when I retired we were going to the Caribbean," Mrs. Hendricks said.

After his wife retired in 1991, the Hendrickses boarded their 44-foot boat, Sea Fever, in the Chesapeake and sailed to 46 islands before making their way to Trinidad.

The two spent most of their time in the Caribbean, returning to their Mount Washington home twice a year.

Mr. Hendricks is also survived by two sons, Lawrence E. Hendricks Jr. of Tybee Island, Ga., and Wyatt I. Hendricks of Tallahassee, Fla.; and three daughters, Geraldine Kunin of Atlanta, Gertrude Gazurian of Westminster and Cecilia McGowan of Morristown, Tenn.

A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at St. Christopher's by the Sea, Gibson Island. Donations may be made to William S. Baer School, 2001 N. Warwick Ave., Baltimore 21216.

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