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Richard Hudner died at age 89 on June 3, in Newburyport, Mass. after a long illness.
He was born and raised in Fall River, Mass., the son of Thomas Jerome Hudner and Mary Elizabeth (Brown) Hudner. He graduated from Phillips Academy Andover in 1946, Harvard College in 1951, and attended Wharton Graduate School of Business. At Harvard, he was captain of the lacrosse team. In 1951, he played for the North in the North-South All Star game and was All-American lacrosse player. He still holds the Harvard lacrosse record for the most assists in a single game.
Rick began his working life as a loan officer at the New England Merchants Bank and retired as an executive consultant for Superior Brands, Inc. where he also served on the Board of Directors. In retirement Rick was an avid fan of the Newburyport Public Library where he went almost every day to read the New York Times. He was an original member of “News & Views”, a weekly discussion of current events, and an inspiration behind “Bocce at Cashman Park," a group of friends who gathered at Cashman Park eat, drink, and play bocce on the grass.

He is survived by his wife, Karen; his daughters, Elizabeth Weaver and her husband, Dan of Gouldsboro, Maine, Stephanie of Jamaica Plain, Mass., and his granddaughter, Joanna Weaver. He also leaves behind his behind his brother Captain Thomas J. Hudner, Jr., USN, Retired and his wife, Georgea; his sister Mary Hammer and her husband, Thruston; and his brother, Philip and his wife Sally. He was predeceased by his brother, James and sister-in-law, Florence. He is survived by many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Rick served briefly in the Army at the end of WWII as part of the occupation force in Korea. In the Korean War, he served in the Army’s 82nd Airborne Tank Division. While serving with the 82nd Airborne, he took part in an atomic bomb test at the Nevada Proving Ground in May 1953.
The family would like to express their gratitude to Care Dimensions Hospice for the skillful and compassionate care they provided for Rick.
A celebration of Richard’s life will be held June 18, 2017, at 2 p.m. at Elliott Woodworth & Rogers Family Funeral Home, 35 Green St., Newburyport, with an hour of visitation from 1 to 2 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, consider a donation to Friends of the Library, Newburyport Public Library, 94 State Street, Newburyport, MA 02150, or his favorite charity, Mother Caroline Academy, 515 Blue Hill Avenue, Dorchester, MA 02121 www.mcaec.org.
Published on  June 8, 2017
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