Victor “Vic” H. Waldrop, Jr

Victor “Vic” H. Waldrop, Jr., age 85, passed away on April 19, 2022 after a courageous battle with cancer. Vic was born on May 16, 1936 to Victor H. Waldrop, Sr. and Elizabeth Barnes Waldrop, and was raised in Cartersville Georgia. He attended Cartersville High School (Class of 1954), before studying chemistry at Georgia Tech (Class of 1960). After college, Vic moved to Manhattan where he worked as a writer and editor for Time Life Books. He then held several college administration postings before joining the National Wildlife Federation as a children’s book writer, where he worked on numerous enjoyable titles in the Ranger Rick series. He then worked for Macy’s in Pentagon City, VA, where he earned a prestigious retail award in 2006, and enjoyed assisting with the parade floats during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Vic also served in the U.S. Army National Guard from 1960-1965, reaching the rank of Specialist Fourth Class.

Vic was known for his quick wit and dry sense of humor, which he keenly kept up throughout his lengthy treatment. His friendly nature earned him many friends over the years, and he will be sorely missed by all who knew him. He enjoyed old books, bookstores, photography, traveling, museums, and exploring the outdoors, and he instilled these interests in his children from a young age. Vic also regularly attended theater and music performances, with a special affection for the Russian composer, Rachmaninoff. He enjoyed games and puzzles (we rarely found a trivia question he couldn’t answer) and completing Game Magazine puzzles was one of his favorite hobbies. He maintained a lifelong interest in science fiction, which began in the 1950s when he published the Sci-Fi fanzine “Alien” at just 16 years of age, after which one fellow student dubbed him the  “Science Fictionist” of Cartersville High School. His fanzine can now be found in the sci-fi collections of various universities.

Vic truly loved traveling and spending time with his family and friends. He will be dearly remembered by his three children: June Lamb and her husband Jim, Neil Waldrop and his wife Laurie, Bryce Waldrop and his wife Deanna, and five grandchildren: Courtney Lamb, James Lamb, Amelia Waldrop, Charlotte Waldrop, and Gavin Pate. He was predeceased in 1975 by his son, Douglas Stanton Waldrop. Vic will be laid to rest at Campground Cemetery, Reliance, TN, in a private ceremony. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to: Polk County Historical and Genealogical Society, PO Box 636, Benton, TN 37307.