C. Hudson Carper LUBBOCK-C. Hudson (Bud) Carper, 81, of Lubbock passed away on Feb. 6, 2014. A family and friends gathering is scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, at Lake Ridge Chapel and Memorial Designers, 6025 82nd Street. To leave your words of encouragement to Mr. Carper's family visit www.memorialdesigners.net. Bud was born on Aug. 31, 1932, in Norfolk, Va. He attended Maury High School in Norfolk, Va., and served two years in the U.S. Army from 1952 to 1954, before attending and graduating from Virginia Tech with a degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1958. After graduation, Bud worked in aviation research and development for General Motors and Boeing Vertol before moving back to the Virginia peninsula in 1963 to work for the Army Aviation Laboratory (AVLABS) until his retirement in 1989. Bud held a variety of positions at AVLABS, including Propulsion Systems Team Leader, Development Aircraft Project Engineer, Chief of Structures Division, and Chief of the Safety and Survivability Division, where he fostered numerous survivability designs for both military and civilian aircraft. He had a top secret security clearance and worked on numerous confidential and sensitive projects. Bud served as an Army aviation consultant to the Science Advisor in Vietnam in 1968 and 1969, and while in Vietnam, flew numerous helicopter combat missions during the Vietnam War to further his knowledge and understanding of helicopter survivability. Among the citations Bud received were the National Defense Science Medal, Combat Area Service Pin, and Meritorious Civilian Service Award. He was a private pilot and member of the American Helicopter Association. Survivors include his three children, Michael H. Carper of Lubbock, Texas, Steven M. Carper of Virginia Beach, Va., and Linda M. Laeger of Jarvisburg, N.C.; five grandchildren, Chelsea (Matt) Avery, Hudson Butterfield, Cody Laeger, Hudson Carper, and Campbell Carper. Also surviving Bud was his former spouse of 45 years, L. Marie Carper of Williamsburg, Va., with whom he maintained a loving and caring relationship even after separation. They would have been married 60 years on Oct. 10, 2014. Bud was preceded in death by his two sisters, Jackie Lauderdale of Georgia, and June Compston of Virginia. At the time of his death, Bud was living in Lubbock, Texas, enjoying riding horses and Harleys. He was an avid fitness enthusiast all of his life, having worked out primarily at Bodyworks in Lubbock, where he made close and caring friends. He was a Suicide Hotline volunteer, Tai Chi instructor, and a longtime fan of the Lubbock Cotton Kings and Missouri Mavericks minor league hockey teams.
Published in The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal on Feb. 8, 2014