Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do
not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
Richard “Dick” Carl Hudson, MD passed away on May 23rd 2022, after a courageous yet brief
battle with an acute illness. He was a Nationally acclaimed physician and was highly revered in
the medical field long after his retirement in 1999.
Dick was the oldest and only son to Elmer and Betty Hudson of Louisville, Ohio. He was born
on October 4th, 1934.
He graduated from Louisville High School in 1952. Dick then went on to graduate Summa Cum
Laude from The Ohio State University in 1956 and graduated from The Ohio State University
Medical school in 1959. He was a member of the Chi chapter of Phi Delta Epsilon
medical fraternity. Dick completed his Residency at The Jackson Memorial Hospital. During his
Residency, Dick served as a Captain in the United States Air Force from 1960-1963 at the
Homestead Air Force base, south Florida.
Dick married his love, Bette Graham Hudson on June 14th 1958, to whom he
was married for 62 years until her passing in August 2020. They raised 3 daughters in south
Florida while also enjoying the high country of North Carolina for over 2 decades after his
Dick Hudson is preceded in death by his parents, Elmer and Betty Hudson, his younger sister,
Holly Hudson and is survived by his sister, Nancy Cayouette (Jack) of Palm Coast, FL. Dick is
also survived by his 3 loving daughters, Lise Hudson Graves, (Glenn) of Palm Beach Gardens,
FL, Laura Hudson Hamre, (Jay), of Cary, NC, Leslie Hudson Russell, (David) of Winter Park,
FL, and his 2 granddaughters, Tatum Olivia Russell, and Avery Pauline Vigar Russell. Dick was
a loving and protective father to his daughters and a great source of encouragement and fun
to his granddaughters throughout his life. He will be greatly missed.
Dick was a Diplomate of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and a Fellow of the
American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG). He served as President of the
American Group Practice Association in 1982. His exemplary commitment to the AGPA afforded
him a personal accommodation by former President Gerald Ford.
Dick Hudson led the OBGYN team at the Palm Beach Medical Group and is credited to bringing
more than 3,500 babies into the world with a highly successful physician/surgeon career that
spanned nearly 4 decades.
Dick Hudson was deeply rooted in philanthropy while leading a successful medical practice. He
served as President of the Rotary Club of the Palm Beaches in the late 1970s to early 1980s.
He was also actively involved with the American Cancer Society. Early in his career he served
as an expert on female reproduction and gynecological issues. He authored several articles
and was featured among local media outlets for his expertise.
Dick was a tried and true Ohio State Buckeyes football fan, and rarely missed a game during his
entire life. He was an avid fisherman, both fresh and saltwater. He was a true outdoorsman.
Dick lived in West Palm Beach, FL for over 55 years until recently moving to Winter Park, FL in
2021 to be closer to his granddaughters.
Dick will be interred at the Church of the Holy Cross in Valle Crucis, North Carolina alongside
his bride, Bette.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Dr. Richard Hudson’s name to
The Rotary Club International, The American Heart Association, The American Cancer Society,
or Lakeside Presbyterian Church.