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C. Hudson Carper

LUBBOCK, TX - C. Hudson (Bud) Carper, 81, of Lubbock, passed away on February 6, 2014. Bud was born on August 31, 1932, in Norfolk, VA. He attended Maury High School in Norfolk, VA, served 2 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 Viet Nam in 1968 and 1969, and while in Viet Nam, flew numerous helicopter combat missions during the Viet Nam 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 3 children, Michael H. Carper of Lubbock, Texas, Steven M. Carper, of Virginia Beach, Virginia, and Linda M. Laeger of Jarvisburg, North Carolina; five grandchildren: Chelsea 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, Virginia, with whom he maintained a loving and caring relationship even after separation. They would have been married 60 years on October 10, 2014. Bud was preceded in death by his 2 sisters, Jackie Lauderdale of Georgia and June Compsten 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 long time fan of the Lubbock Cotton Kings and Missouri Mavericks minor league hockey teams.

Published in Daily Press on Feb. 9, 2014
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