College unveils Ida Callaway Hudson Lab Sciences Building

Feb. 28, 2017

LaGrange College’s new science facility at the corner of Park Avenue and Vernon Street was officially named the Ida Callaway Hudson Lab Sciences Building during ceremonies Feb. 17. The Hudson family was on hand to assist in the sign’s unveiling.​

President Dan McAlexander said it was only fitting the facility be named in honor of Hudson. Her late husband Charles was a longstanding board member and served as acting president of the college from 1979-1980.

“When someone who was as humble and self-effacing as Ida Hudson was, this seems the perfect way to remember her, in honor of all the lives she touched,” he said.

Ida Callaway Hudson was born April 18, 1935, in LaGrange, the daughter of Fuller E. Callaway Jr. and Alice Hand Callaway.

She graduated from Mount Vernon Seminary in Washington, D.C., and attended Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri. She married Charles D. Hudson on May 1, 1955. They have four children – Jane Alice Hudson Craig, Ellen Hudson Harris, Charles D. Hudson Jr. and Ida Hudson Russell.

Ida Hudson was a 1976 recipient of the Georgia Association for Children with Learning Disabilities Distinguished Service Award and was the first person outside of Atlanta to receive the honor.

She was the Chairman of Charitable Services Company and was a former member of the Board of Trustees of Fuller E. Callaway Foundation and Callaway Foundation, Inc.

Charlie Cauble, Hudson’s grandson, remarked that his grandmother’s humility would not have made her comfortable with the tribute.

“In fact, if she were alive today, she wouldn’t have stood for this,” he said, to the laughter of the crowd.

Cauble said his grandmother had a magnetic personality that drew people to her, and she treated each person with the same dignity and love.

There were three traits that truly characterized Ida Hudson, he said.

“When the sharpness and focus of memory fade, I reflect on what defined her and I come up with three words – humility, benevolence and generosity,” he said. “I am so proud that my grandmother’s name will be forever linked to this amazing legacy. Thank you all.”

A state-of-the-art, 40,000-square-foot facility, Hudson Lab Sciences Building houses laboratories for instruction in anatomy/physiology, biology, chemistry, ecology, cell and molecular biology, microbiology and organic chemistry and designated space for undergraduate research.

The building includes microscopes that allow students to transfer images to their smartphones or tablets, seminar rooms with oversized televisions and huge dry-erase panels, prep rooms between each lab to allow professors to assemble materials before each class, glass panels in common areas for use as dry-erase boards, a nuclear magnetic resonance machine and an atomic absorption spectrophotometer.

The facility incorporates “soft” learning spaces and community areas for students to gather, compare notes, study or socialize. The spaces also allow students to interact with their professors outside the classroom.

The new laboratories will provide graduates pursuing careers in research, medicine, allied health fields or sustainability, firsthand experience with best-practice instructional methods and current technological innovations.

In addition to the new facility, Callaway Science Building has undergone a complete renovation. Opened in 1972, the facility will create a modern classroom learning environment for the college’s students. The facility will continue to serve as classroom space for all of the sciences and as home for computational mathematics and physics.

The “like new” building features space designed especially for STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) instruction, including a high-performance computer to support a range of scientific research, a new and enlarged physics lab, spacious math classrooms surrounded by white boards, seminar and group-study areas and full accessibility to those with disabilities.

The new space also provides a significant boost to the college’s relatively new computational mathematics major.

Working with their chemistry, biology and physics colleagues—and the new high-performance computer—faculty and students will be able to pursue multiple undergraduate research projects in experimenting with and mathematically modeling a wide array of interdisciplinary inquiry, mirroring the latest in scientific research trends.

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