Woodie Flowers

While not necessarily super involved in VEX. Woodie Flowers is credited with coining the phrase Gracious Professionalism. His ideals and engineering course were the foundation of what would become First. And First would go on to create FVC which eventually split to become the VRC competition we all know.

Its sad to see him go. While most of the VRC teams here might now know who I’m talking about, the VEX staff all certainly do.

VEX recognized him for his role in competitive robotics in the Stem hall of fame here.

https://www.roboticseducation.org/inspiration_all_star/woodie-flowers/

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RIP Woodie. I was just about to post the same thing but it looks like you beat me to it. This is a sad day.

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He is a very cool guy, he was inspiration to tens of thousands of roboteers.

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As well as being a founder of FIRST. It is very unfortunate to see this happen.

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Sad times, Woodie will be remembered and missed deeply, we can only hope that someone will step up and fill the void he left in this world

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I was talking to @Karthik about how great of a man that Woodie was and he showed me this video from 1985 MIT course that was the predecessor to First.

You can see the roots that would become VEX in there clear as day.

I also wanted to share Karthik’s(who actually knew Woodie personally) post.
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