James Hudson Obituary

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James Irvin Hudson MD

January 5, 1928 - April 26, 2012
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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...
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, www.pnhp.org.

"Jim was a compassionate, indefatigable advocate for his patients, for children and for health justice. What a fine man and physician!" Gordon Bonnyman (Nashville, TN)

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