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2    WHEREAS, The members of the Illinois Senate are saddened to
3learn of the death of former Illinois State Senator George
4Raymond Hudson, who passed away on February 10, 2012; and
5    WHEREAS, George Hudson was born on July 31, 1919, in
6Weedsport, New York; his parents were George Leon Hudson and
7Florence Hopkins Hudson; he married Barbara Anderson Hudson in
81942; and
9    WHEREAS, George Hudson worked for Eastman Kodak in
10Rochester from 1937 to 1938 to earn money for college; he
11attended Dennison University in Granville, Ohio, from 1938 to
121942; during college, he was president of his college
13fraternity and president of the 1942 graduating class; he was
14also a member of Phi Beta Kappa and ODK, and was chosen by the
15university as an Outstanding Alumnus 30 years after graduation;
17    WHEREAS, George Hudson served in the United States Army Air
18Corps from 1942 to 1945, where he earned the rank of second
19lieutenant; during the war, he served as a tester in a
20psychological testing unit that evaluated pilots, gunners, and
21navigators for psychological fitness to serve overseas; and



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1    WHEREAS, After World War II, George Hudson attended the
2American Academy of Art in Chicago, where he graduated with a
3degree in graphic arts in 1947; he produced a great number of
4paintings and sketches and was well known as a masterful letter
5artist, graphic designer, and photographer; for several years,
6he produced a popular cartoon strip, called "Travelin' Ted,"
7for the Chicago Tribune; in 1948, he co-founded an advertising
8agency, later called the George Ray Hudson Advertising Company,
9which he operated until 1985; and
10    WHEREAS, George Hudson was first elected to the Illinois
11General Assembly in 1970; after serving as a State
12Representative from 1971 to 1986, he was elected to the
13Illinois State Senate, where he served until 1994; during his
14more than 22 years in the General Assembly, he received
15numerous awards for his legislative achievements from such
16organizations as the Heritage Foundation, the Veterans of
17Foreign Wars, the Farm Bureau, and Caterpillar, Inc.; and
18    WHEREAS, George Hudson was active in the American Legion as
19commander of Legion Post 250 in Hinsdale and district commander
20of the 4th District, an area covering 4 counties in suburban
21Chicago; he was a long-time member of Toastmasters; in 1967, he
22was one of the founding members of the Church on the County
23Line (now Faith Fellowship Church) in Oak Brook; he served as a
24Republican precinct committee for most of the 30 years between



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11968 and 1998; in the late 1970s, he helped found Taproot, a
2local conservative political-action organization; and
3    WHEREAS, George Hudson is survived by his wife, Barbara;
4his children, Susan Hudson Fox (Thomas Kenneth Fox), Richard
5Frederick Hudson (Cheryl Pearce Hudson), and Robert Raymond
6Hudson (Shelley Townsend Hudson); his 9 grandchildren; his 15
7great-grandchildren; his nephew, Robert Frederick Hudson
8(Patricia Hudson); and his niece, Margaret Jean Bankos (David
9Bankos); therefore, be it
11ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, that we mourn, along with
12his family and friends, the passing of George Raymond Hudson;
13and be it further
14    RESOLVED, That a suitable copy of this resolution be
15presented to the family of George Hudson as an expression of
16our sympathy.