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 1                          SENATE RESOLUTION

 2        WHEREAS, The members  of  the  Illinois  Senate  wish  to
 3    express  their  sincere condolences to the family and friends
 4    of Dr. Irving C. Hudlin, who passed away on January 30, 2002;
 5    and

 6        WHEREAS, Born on August 14, 1926, Dr. Hudlin was the  son
 7    of  the late Edward and Myrtle Hudlin of East Saint Louis and
 8    the descendant of black pioneer families in the Greater Saint
 9    Louis Area; Dr. Hudlin married Thelma  MacGruder  Hudlin,  an
10    army nurse, on December 6, 1952; and

11        WHEREAS,  Dr.  Hudlin was a retired Lieutenant Colonel of
12    Special Forces and a war hero; after graduating from  Lincoln
13    High  School  in East Saint Louis, he began his career in the
14    United States Army in 1944 and, after World War II,  returned
15    to  fight  in  Korea in 1950 as a member of the 82nd Airborne
16    Paratroop division; in 1962, he served in Southeast Asia  and
17    completed   many   tours  of  combat;  he  received  numerous
18    decorations for valor,  including  three  bronze  stars,  the
19    Legion of Merit with oak cluster, and various decorations for
20    bravery   in  battle;  as  a  Green  Beret,  he  fought  with
21    counter-insurgency  units  behind  enemy  lines  and   as   a
22    paratrooper,  he made over 25 flights over hostile territory;
23    in addition, he authored an article on the role  of  military
24    advisors  in war that became a standard text used by the U.S.
25    Army and some  of  his  military  exploits  are  recorded  in
26    memoirs written by men who served with him; and

27        WHEREAS,  After  his  retirement from the armed forces in
28    1974, Dr. Hudlin became a senior  administrator  at  Southern
29    Illinois  University in Edwardsville; during his years in the
30    service, he earned his undergraduate  B.S.  Degree  from  the
31    University of Nebraska at Omaha; at SIUE he earned two Master
32    degrees  in  Counseling  and  in  Business;  he completed his
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 1    education by earning a Ph.D. in political science from  Saint
 2    Louis   University;  he  retired  from  SIUE  in  1992;  upon
 3    retirement, he engaged in various  philanthropic  enterprises
 4    as  a member of the Glen Carbon Library Board and as a member
 5    of the Knights of Columbus; and

 6        WHEREAS, A resident of Glen Carbon for the past 25 years,
 7    Dr. Hudlin was a devout  Catholic  and  Lay  Reader  for  St.
 8    Boniface Church in Edwardsville; and

 9        WHEREAS,  Dr.  Hudlin  was  part of a lineage who proudly
10    served their country  in  the  United  States  military;  his
11    father,  Edward  Hudlin,  Sr.,  was  a  soldier who served in
12    France during World War I; his  brother,  Warrington  Hudlin,
13    was  a  soldier  and  journalist,  who  wrote for the Stars &
14    Stripes at the  end  of  World  War  II;  and  his  son,  Dr.
15    Christopher  Hudlin,  was  a surgeon in the U.S. Navy and now
16    has his private practice in San Francisco; in  addition,  his
17    brother-in-law,  Charles  McClelland,  was an engineer in the
18    United States Navy; and

19        WHEREAS, The passing of Dr.  Irving  C.  Hudlin  will  be
20    deeply  felt  by  all  who knew and loved him, especially his
21    wife, Thelma Hudlin; his son,  Dr.  Christopher  Hudlin;  his
22    daughters,  Colleen  (Max)  Wilkerson and Sharon (Dr. Pierre)
23    Morris; and his seven grandchildren; therefore, be it

25    ASSEMBLY  OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, that we mourn, along with
26    all who knew him, the death of Dr. Irving C. Hudlin  of  Glen
27    Carbon, Illinois; and be it further

28        RESOLVED,  That  a  suitable  copy  of this resolution be
29    presented to the family of Dr.  Irving  C.  Hudlin  with  our
30    sincere condolences.

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