In Memory – Frank Thomas Wydra II

Frank Thomas Wydra II of Clarkston Michigan passed away on August 2, 2008 in his home surrounded by family.

Born May 11, 1939 in Republic, PA to Frank Thomas and Ann Marie (Kois) Wydra; Husband of Karen Branch Wydra; Father of Denise Branch Wydra (Gary Warstadt) of Needham, MA; Sheryl Lynn Wydra of Clarkston; Frank Thomas Wydra III (Sandra Reynolds) of Bingham Farms; Grandpa of Emma Katherine Brennan-Wydra of Needham, MA; Frank Thomas Wydra IV, Nickolas James Wydra and John Michael Wydra of Bingham Farms; Brother of Ronald Wydra of IL and James Wydra (Margee) of WI; Brother in law of Karol Jean (Branch) Raebel and Sandie Branch.

Friends may visit at the Lewis E. Wint & Son Funeral Home, Clarkston Monday 6-9pm and Tuesday 6-9pm. Eulogy Services Monday 7pm and Tuesday 7pm at the funeral home. Funeral Mass Wednesday 10am at St. Daniel Catholic Church, Clarkston.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of MI.

On line guest book

“No Regrets, chin up!”

Frank on his web site

Frank at the 2006 ISPI Conference in Dallas…

I first met Frank in September of 1979 when I and two others from Wickes Lumber drove from Saginaw to Detroit for my first monthly NSPI Chapter meeting. I’ve been a “card carrying member” ever since – due to the earlier efforts of Frank to build a strong chapter which he then used to conduct employee development for his instructional design staff at Allied Foods back in the mid-1970s.

MSIT – the Michigan Society for Instructional Technology was that chapter – back when IT stood for Instructional Technology for a few years – before the new IT (Information Technology) hijacked the moniker and we settled on ID or ISD – Instructional Design or Instructional Systems Design as our banner label.

Frank was often at the national (International) NSPI then, ISPI now…conferences. That’s when many of us catch up with others whom we see but once a year…at the conference! Frank and I had recently re-established a routine of one night out per conference for dinner, drinks and dialogue after he had been absent from the conference for a couple of years. Frank knew his mind.

That’s what I’ll miss the most. Frank’s opinion on all things ISPI and HPT and a focus on measured results from “the science” of performance improvement.

I wrote a prior post about Frank back in April.

Outside of his professional writing pursuits, Frank was quite the writer of fiction, a lot of short stories///

Frank’s first fiction book: The Cure

“The Cure” is a great read!

Rest in peace Frank.

I and many will miss your wisdom, insight and wicked wit.

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