The Reverend Robert Dudley Woodcock

The Reverend Robert Dudley Woodcock


Let us remember the life and ministry of Rev. Robert Dudley Woodcock III of Rocky Hill, CT who died on March 5, 2016.

Bert was born in 1946. He had a varied and interesting career. After graduating from Brown University with a master of science degree in 1968 he worked briefly as a physicist for the U.S. Navy. Bert became a probationary member of the New York Conference in 1971, received his master of divinity degree from Hartford Seminary in 1972, and was appointed to East Berlin UMC. He was ordained an elder in the New York Conference in 1974, and in 1977 he was appointed to South Park UMC in Hartford CT.

Concerned with medical problems that some of his parishioners faced, he decided to study nursing and received his master of nursing degree from Yale in 1979. He was appointed to Hartford Health Care Ministries that same year. In 1983-84 he served in extension ministry at Newington V.A. Medical Center and in 1985 as a member of the nursing faculty at Western Connecticut State University, where he remained until his retirement from the New York Conference in 2006. In retirement he continued to teach part time until 2011 as an adjunct professor, and as late as this January, he was assisting in continuing education events at The Institute of Living/Hartford Hospital. He was recognized as an excellent and devoted teacher whose students left with a clear understanding of the material. In retirement Bert served on the Conference Board of Pension and Health Benefits.

Known for his kindness, concern and eagerness to help others, Bert was active in many groups and organizations, including the CT Council of Parish Nurse Coordinators, the Hartford Foundation, and Leadership Greater Hartford. He enjoyed monthly breakfasts with fellow retired Methodist ministers, and also with Hartford Good Shepherd Church's men's group. He was an adult education coordinator at Temple Beth Torah in Wethersfield. He served on the board of the American Assembly for Men in Nursing, in various roles for the International Honor Society of Nursing, Kappa Alpha chapter, and on the Spiritual Care and CPE Advisory Committee at Danbury Hospital. He enjoyed cooking, fine dining, investigating family history, geography, Caribbean cruises, trips to the Maine coast, and playing with his grandchildren.

Rev. Woodcock is survived by his wife, Jeanne; three children: Julien Tremblay, Katherine LeDuc, and Teresa Yankauskas; three grandchildren; and his sister, Virginia Eisenstein.

The family will hold a private memorial service. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association.