James Irvin Hudson MD

January 5, 1928April 26, 2012

Dr. James Irvin Hudson Jr. passed away on Thursday at St. Thomas Hospital in Nashville. Dr. Hudson is survived by his wife Anna (Nan) Hudson, his children James I. Hudson III (Margo) of Concord, MA, Judith Hudson (Matthew Moloshok) of Westfield, NJ, Gail Hudson (Hal Abbott) of Seattle, WA, and his stepchildren Nicholas and Betsy of New York City. He is also survived by his grandchildren, James B. Hudson, Rebecca Hudson, Rachel Moloshok, Jared Moloshok, Hannah Moloshok, Gabrielle Abbott and Tennessee Abbott. He is preceded in death by his mother Frances Beasley Hudson and his father James Irvin Hudson Sr., both of Nashville. Dr. Hudson was especially fond of his undergraduate alma mater Cornell University (graduating in the Class of 1948), where he majored in chemistry, played in the marching band, and was stroke of the varsity light-weight men's eight crew graduated in the class of 1948. He went on to study medicine and pursue his internship at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. After he completed his internship, Dr. Hudson served in the US Air Force as a Captain and the Chief of Pediatrics at Strategic Air Command in Lake Charles, LA. He then completed residency training in pediatrics at Bellevue Hospital in New York City. After his residency military service, Dr. Hudson settled with his young family on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay in Annapolis, MD, where he set up a private practice in pediatrics. Dr. Hudson held a deep conviction that everyone should have access to quality health care, and especially children. In 1965 he volunteered to serve on the Ship Hope stationed at the Republic of Guinea where he provided free immunizations and pediatric heath care. He left private practice in 1966 to start and direct the Comprehensive Child Care Program, a pediatric clinic for low-income families at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He then went on to work for Project Hope, offering planning and research for its US programs that provided healthcare to underserved communities. His commitment to quality healthcare assurance led him to become the director of Department of Health Services for the Association of American Medical Colleges in Washington, DC. Other professional work included two years working in the Netherlands for The National Organization for Quality Assurance in Hospitals. He was the Associate Dean for Academic Administration at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and a member of the Tennessee Medical Society. Dr. Hudson was well read and had a lifelong passion for history, art and classical music. He spoke several languages and played the flute throughout his adult life. Dr. Hudson took his children, stepchildren and grandchildren to art museums, theatre performances and musical events-giving them an introduction to fine arts, which they all appreciated. He and his wife Anna took great joy in attending many of Nashville's cultural events, including the Nashville Symphony (in which his father had once played the flute) and the Nashville Ballet. In recent years he enjoyed many weekends with his friends in the Hillsboro Hounds and Cedar Knob Hunt. More than any of Dr. Hudson's professional and cultural achievements, he was most renowned for being a kind and compassionate man with a delightful, self-effacing sense of humor. He was a quintessential gentleman and was loved and admired by many. He will be greatly missed. There will be a visitation at Marshall-Donnelly-Combs Funeral Home on Sunday, April 29, from 5 to 7 p.m. A private graveside service is scheduled for Monday at Mt. Olivet Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Nashville Symphony and/or Physicians for a National Health Program,



  • Visitation Sunday, April 29, 2012


  • Private Graveside Service

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Gordon Bonnyman

May 7, 2012

Jim was a compassionate, indefatigable advocate for his patients, for children and for health justice. What a fine man and physician!

Diann Denny

May 2, 2012

He was a very impressive man - not just his accomplishments, but his selflessness and who he was as a person. We were definitely blessed to have had the time that we had - it goes w/out saying that he will be missed immensly. We loved him so much~ and he and Ms. Nan became like family to us. Rest in peace, dear and beloved friend. I know Percy is sitting on your lap right now and helped you enter into a better place.
Love, Keith, Diann, Jackson and Brooke Denny


May 1, 2012

Dear Nan and Family, I am so sorry to hear of Jim's death, but know that he lived a great life and was admired by many. I last saw him in Cool Springs at the TPHA annual meeting. We had a great conversation about population health and health care disparities and the work we were doing with PNHP. Jim was a role model of a caring physician who looked at the big picture of health and wellness and equity in health care delivery. He was an inspiration for me and I will miss his council. Art Sutherland, MD, TN Coordinator PNHP

Irene Hopkins

April 30, 2012

The Hopkins family of Seattle (Dan, Irene, Sarah & Julia) send their love and affection to all of Jim's family. We are lucky to have met him on several occasions when he was visiting Gail and her family. Our hearts are with you all.

Sharon Savage

April 30, 2012

Dear Anna; Steve and I are so sorry to hear of Jim's passing. We are in Little Rock and will not make it back untill late Sunday night. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. He was a real gentleman! Sharon Savage

Jane Hussain

April 30, 2012

We were so lucky to have Dr. Hudson's participation in the struggle for universal healthcare. He was universally respected and admired. We will miss him.

David and Janet Thomas

April 29, 2012

Dear Anna and family,

We are deeply saddened to learn of Jim's passing. He was such a gentleman, a truly fine man in so many ways, and just plain fun to be with. Brilliant yet approachable and down-to-earth, we will miss him greatly. Anna, we are praying for God's comfort and peace for you, Jim's children, and his entire family.

It was always a joy being with you both, and seeing how happy you two were together. God bless you.

David and Janet Thomas

Elizabeth Gritter

April 28, 2012

Dear Anna and family,
It was with deep sadness that I learned of the passing of Jim. It truly was a privilege and pleasure to get to know him a bit during the last year and a half of his life. Meeting over dinner in October 2010 and then spending a Sept. 2011 weekend at your home are some of the nicest social occasions that I have ever experienced. His warmth, kindness, interesting background, varied interests, and friendliness all made him a joy to be around and easy to talk to. What a beautiful obituary in the Tennessean.
Thinking of you and wishing you comfort at this time. My deepest sympathy, esp. to you Anna.
Love, Elizabeth Gritter

April 28, 2012

Anna, Larry and I admired him highly, and we truly ejoyed conversing with him as he had such a pleasant demeanor. He was beyond measure of many, and we would have missed much had we not met. With deep condolences and in friendship, Jerry and Larry