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George H. Gadbois Jr., 80, husband of Judith A. Papania, died Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017, at his home in Versailles. Born March 14, 1936, in Boston, Mass., he was the son of the late George and Helen Wiksten Gadbois. His home since 1966 was in Central Kentucky. From ages 17 to 20, he served in the U.S. Army. Two of those years were spent in Taiwan. He was discharged with the rank of sergeant (E-5). Later he was commissioned an ensign in the U.S. Navy Reserve. After earning a B.A. (PBK, cum laude) from Marietta College, he received a Ph.D. in political science from Duke University. He was a retired professor in the University of Kentucky Political Science department. His teaching and research focused on Asia, India in particular. He was the recipient of three senior Fulbright research fellowships and four from the American Institute of Indian Studies, which supported research in Papua, New Guinea, and India. He had a special affection for India and the Indian people. He was well known in the Indian legal system as a judicial scholar of the Indian Supreme Court. He enjoyed growing vegetables and sharing the produce with friends. He was an avid golfer and had three holes-in-one. A member of his college golf team, during his senior year his record was perfect - he lost every match. Survivors include five children, Joyce Gadbois (Bill) Gifford, McEwen, Tenn., Audrey Gadbois Smith, Newnan, Ga., Tracey Gadbois (Jim) Riva, Middleville, Mich., Bryan (Iris) Whitaker, Kailua, Hawaii, and Teresa Whitaker Harbett, Richmond; two grandchildren, Alyssa Michelle Smith and Hannah Mae Smith, Newnan, Ga.; and a brother, Frank W. Gadbois, Warner Robins, Ga. A son, Keith Allen Gadbois, and a son-in-law William "Skip" Harbett, are deceased. There was a private family burial. Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Harrodsburg Road, Lexington, was in charge of arrangements. The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 663 Teton Trail, Frankfort, KY 40601, or CASA of Lexington, 1155 Red Mile Place, Lexington, KY 40504.

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