Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

MICKEY FURFARI

April 10, 2014

Sportswriting great Dick Hudson dead at age 100

MORGANTOWN — I am saddened to learn belatedly that my longtime friend Dick Hudson has died at the age of 100.

The Charleston native passed away last Friday in the home of his son, Dr. Terry Hudson, in Atlanta, Ga. Terry, wife Jean and their three grown daughters were at his bedside.

Hudson, who had turned 100 years old last July 17, lived alone for some time in the Mount Vernon Towers at Atlanta. While there, Dick and I talked on the phone at least once a week. Each chat would last 30 minutes or more.

Naturally as he was one who covered WVU athletic events for 36 years (1936-71), current Mountaineer sports events always came up.

A few months ago, Terry and Jean finally talked Dick Hudson into leaving his apartment and moving into their home. I’m glad he did.

Since that time, I appreciated the few opportunities to talk with Hudson briefly on the phone at their house.

I’ve known this wonderful gentleman since 1941 when I was a freshman at West Virginia University and a writer for the Daily Athenaeum.

Dick was a graduate of Charleston High School, where he played basketball. Then he spent two years at W.Va. Wesleyan College and played just one year.

He told me last summer, “I wasn’t very good, but I got to play in every game at both levels.”

Dick and wife Kitty were a wonderful couple. They had been married for 57 years. She died about 21 years ago.

Mrs. Hudson accompanied her husband to WVU football bowl games and Southern Conference and NCAA basketball tournaments.

I have always thought — and firmly believed — that Dick Hudson was the most fair-minded sports columnist I ever knew or read. What’s more, he could disagree with a person in a seemingly classy, yet firm manner.

After leaving The Daily Mail in 1971, Hudson spent a year on the sports staff of the Raleigh, N.C., morning newspaper. But then he returned to Charleston and served about six years as an excellent public relations associate with the West Virginia governor.

He also worked for a newspaper in Florida, where Dick and Kitty had lived after the last employment in his birth place.

Hudson, a World War II veteran of military service, not only was amazing with his longevity, but memory and presence of mind. He was as sharp as a tack the last time he and I talked.

The oldest of Dick Hudson’s granddaughters is named Jean Marie. She resides in New Jersey and works in New York City. Laura is a medical doctor who’s doing a residence learning stint in Florida at the University of Miami.

The youngest is Susan, a medical technician who works in Atlanta.

The extremely popular Dick Hudson will be missed by all who still remember reading his stories and columns in West Virginia and elsewhere.

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