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College remembers Charles D. Hudson
Jan 20, 2012

Charles D. HudsoFormer LaGrange College Trustee and community leader Dr. Charles D. Hudson passed away Thursday, Jan. 19.

When he was elected to the LaGrange College Board of Trustees in 1961, Dr. Hudson began what would become more than a half-century of service to Georgia’s oldest private institution of higher learning.

He was elected chairman of the board in 1970, a position he held for 25 years. After stepping down as board chairman in 1995, he remained on the board for another five years, serving as chairman of the executive committee until his retirement from the board in 2000. From 2000 until his death, he served as a member of the President’s Advisory Council.

During Dr. Hudson’s tenure as chairman of the board, the college’s endowment grew from a modest sum to $27 million, the size of the campus doubled, 10 new buildings were erected, five buildings were acquired, five more were renovated and six tennis courts and three athletic fields were added.

When the college was between presidents in 1979, he came to the institution’s aid, serving ably as interim president for six months without pay until a new leader could be found.

“It is impossible to imagine any person who has donated more time, care, service, leadership and wisdom to LaGrange College than Charles Hudson,” said LaGrange College President Dan McAlexander. “For more than a half century, he went about the business of building up this college and helping make her what she is today.

“The impact of the multitude of contributions Dr. Hudson made to this institution is immeasurable. He will always be remembered and held in the highest honor here on ‘the Hill.’”

To honor his years of service to the college, Callaway Foundation, Inc., named the school’s swimming facility the Charles D. Hudson Natatorium in 1995. The college’s Millennial Park was dedicated to the community in honor of Dr. Hudson in 1999. He also received an honorary doctor of laws degree from the college in 1980.

The family will receive friends Friday, Jan. 20, from 5–7 p.m. at Striffler Hamby Mortuary located at 1010 Mooty Bridge Road in LaGrange.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, Jan. 21, at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church on the Square, with burial at the Callaway Family Cemetery, Ferrell Drive in LaGrange.

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