HUDSON, T. Brockett
Are they dancin' in Anson? No, but Brock and Dottie have been reunited and are certainly dancing in the eternal. Born in Anson, Texas in 1923, Brock Hudson passed away on March 8, 2014. Brock was the youngest of 4 children born to Tom and Lucy Hudson of Anson. After graduating from Anson High School, Brock attended the University of Texas
in Austin, where he met the love of his life, Dorothy (Dottie) Dillinger. Brock interrupted his college career to serve in the U.S. Navy
in World War II
and returned to the University after the war to finish his Chemical Engineering undergraduate work and obtain a Master's degree in the same field. He and Dottie married in 1945.
In 1949, Brock began working in the Research Labs at Texaco's Port Arthur refinery. In 1952, he helped form Index Chemical Company and became its vice president. Following the sale of that company, Brock formed Southwest Chemical and Plastics Company and served as its President and Chairman of the Board. During the 18 years Brock led Southwest Chemical, the company grew from a plastics compounder with one facility near Seabrook, Texas to a multi-product chemical company with operations in several states and in Europe. In 1978, Southwest Chemical was sold to Thiokol, and Brock retired shortly thereafter.
When not working, Brock was an avid sportsman, father to four children and active in conservative politics long before it was fashionable. He and Dottie were great dancers and traveled the world dancing everywhere they went. Loyal to their alma mater, Brock and Dottie held season tickets to Longhorn football and men's and women's basketball games, sponsored a professorship in the Chemical Engineering Department, and Brock served on an advisory council for the department. Go Horns!
Brock is survived by his sister-in-law, Merle Fincher of Austin, and his four children and their spouses: Thomas B. Hudson, Jr. and Nancy of Austin, Patricia Ann Burger and Steve of Austin, James D. Hudson and Louise of Dripping Springs, and Murray F. Hudson and Dana of Portland, Texas. He also is survived by eight grandchildren (Whitney Graham and Brockett and Barret Hudson; Andy and Scott Burger; Cole, Emily and Sam Hudson) and numerous nieces, nephews and their children.
Friends and family will meet to commemorate Brock's life at Querencia Barton Creek, 2500 Barton Creek Dr., Austin, Tx. 78735 on Saturday, March 15, at 1:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, the family encourages donations to Cal Farley's Boys Ranch in Amarillo, Texas or Meals on Wheels and More in Austin, Texas.