I posted this to my Facebook and thought I should post it here as well.
Three years ago, I had the privilege of being part of a special memory between one of my students, her mom, and this wonderful man named Woodie Flowers. For those who haven’t heard of him, he was one of the visionaries who helped start the program that has changed my life and the lives of many of my students, FIRST Robotics.
On this particular day at the Houston World Championship, he had stopped to visit with us and to meet Madisyn’s mom who was in the final stages of cancer. I can remember her signing his shirt, something that had been signed by countless other people through his years of working with students and his gentle demeanor and genuine love for being right where he was.
Yesterday, Dr. Flowers passed away at the age of 76 and while the whole of FIRST is mourning his passing for a variety of reasons, I will most remember him for this individual act of meeting one of my kids in their time of need and bringing a smile to their face as they met a man who spoke softly but who carried thousands into lives of purpose.
Rest easy, Dr. Flowers. You will be missed.