Charles Hodgson

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Charles Hodgson Obituary
Hodgson, Charles passed away, Tuesday, March 5, 2013. Charles A. Bud Hodgson died on Tuesday March 5, 2013 at the age of 93. He is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Jean Buettner Hodgson; four childrenCynthia (Cindy) A. Sloan of Edmond, Oklahoma, Marilyn (Marny) E. Johnson of Hollywood, Florida, Kathryn (Kathy) E. Hodgson of Webster Groves, Missouri, and Jeffrey C. Hodgson of Shelburne, Vermont; five grandchildren-Stephen D. Sloan, Susan E. Sloan, Zurn C. Johnson, Dane E. Johnson, and Madeleine C. Betzer; three great-grandchildren-Jaeden Z. Johnson, Giselle E. Sloan, and Cassidy E. Sloan. In addition, Bud is survived by a brother-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Bud's first wife, Mary Elizabeth Greene Hodgson died in 1958. His brother was the late Dr. Edward S. Hodgson, DDS. Bud was born in East St. Louis, Illinois on January 7, 1920. He graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in 1941 where he was a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity and the university tennis team. He continued his participation in tennis throughout his adult years. After his service in the navy in World War II, Bud entered the field of advertising and public relations. In 1950 he co-founded the Batz Hodgson Neuwoehner (BHN) Advertising Agency and saw it become one of the largest agencies headquartered in the city of St. Louis, with branch offices in other Missouri cities, Kansas, Iowa, and Illinois. Bud cultivated an incredibly loyal client base, with many retaining his services for more than twenty-five years. He was also known among BHN employees as the go-to person for guidance and advice. As a board member of the Advertising Club of St. Louis and the Better Business Bureau he headed the Better Business Bureau Committee to promote and foster high standards in business practices and to educate the public about advertising and the promotion of consumer goods and services. Bud was also on the board of the Industrial Marketing Club, American Cancer Association, and the St. Louis Heart Association. Bud retired from BHN in 1985 as Chairman of the Board. He was also a founding partner of Dooley's Ltd, a popular bar and restaurant, located at 308 N. 8th St. in downtown St. Louis. A long time resident of Webster Groves, Bud was a 60 year member of the Webster Groves Presbyterian Church where he served as a Deacon. He was also a long time member of Algonquin Golf Club, the Missouri Athletic Club, and the Media Club. Bud was an avid fisherman and enjoyed entertaining fishing buddies at his house on Bull Shoals Lake. The family wishes to express its gratitude to the personnel at Meramec Bluffs and especially to the medical and food services staff of the Forest Park Wing of Skilled Nursing who gave Bud loving attention and the best of care. Services: A memorial service will be held on Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 2:00pm in the Chapel of the Cross, 1 Meramec Bluffs Drive, Ballwin, MO. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to Meals on Wheels, Valley Park, c/o Mrs. Jackie Zeitinger, 620 Gaslite Lane, Kirkwood, MO 63122 or to the . Friends may sign the family's on-line guestbook at


Published in St. Louis Post-Dispatch from Mar. 8 to Mar. 9, 2013
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