By Rob Mueller
The Augusta Chronicle
AUGUSTA, Ga. – When Dr. Larry Hendry moved to Augusta a quarter-century ago to begin working as a research chemist at the Medical College of Georgia, he left behind a piece of his heart at the ice rink in State College, Pa.
Hendry founded the hockey program at Penn State University in 1971. He was the school’s first coach and also refereed hundreds of college games across the Northeast during his days in State College as an assistant professor of chemistry.
“There was no hockey here, obviously, in the mid-1970s, and it was something I missed a great deal,” said Hendry, who is the president of Accelerated Pharmaceuticals of Augusta. “Then the Lynx came to town, and one day, my wife and I heard there was going to be a public skating rink opening up in town. It was like being reborn.”
More than 25 years after leaving Penn State, Hendry has come full circle.
The Evans resident was inducted into the school’s hockey hall of fame last month, honored as the man who built the Nittany Lions’ club program from scratch.
“It was without question one of those teary-eyed moments,” Hendry said.