Charles Michael Hudson, 77, passed away March 27, 2013. He was born in Washington, D.C. to the late Charles Edward and Catherine Celeste Morrison Hudson.
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Mike received his Bachelors degree in Civil Engineering from Virginia Tech in 1958. He went on to obtain a Masters in Engineering Mechanics in 1965 (also at Virginia Tech) and a Ph.D. in Materials Engineering in 1972 from North Carolina State. He was employed by NASA for 39 years, taught for one year at Christopher Newport, and then returned to engineering work at Hernandez Engineering for two years and Sierra Lobo for nine years.
He won several awards over the course of his life. They include the NASA medal for Exceptional Engineering Achievement, ASTM Fatigue and Fracture Metal Award, and United Way Volunteer of the Year. Mike's leadership activities included serving as president of Magruder Elementary PTA, Bruton High PTA, NASA Supervisors Club, and the Williamsburg Area Chapter Virginia Tech Alumni Association; and chairman of the ASTM Committee E-24 on Fracture Testing.
In addition, Mike volunteered as a coach in softball and basketball, was an 18-gallon blood donor, church lector, Sunday School teacher, and a United Way volunteer. More than these accomplishments, he was a great person.
Mike is survived by his wonderful wife of almost 50 years, Jeanie Creasy Hudson of Williamsburg; loving children Michael E. Hudson of Blacksburg; Celeste Hudson Duffy and husband, Chuck Duffy of Mentor, Oh.; Chris Hudson and wife, Kim Hudson of Lancaster, Pa.; and Sean Hudson and wife, Ratih Hudson of Midlothian.
Also, by five fantastic grandchildren: Emma, Corinne, Connor, Braiden, and Chase. He is also survived by his sister, Joan Solari and her husband, Frank Solari; his sister-in-law, Anita Creasy, and many other extended family members whom he loved very much.
The family will receive friends 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. on Monday, April 1 at Nelsen Funeral Home, 3785 Strawberry Plains Rd, Williamsburg. A prayer service follows at 7 p.m. A funeral mass followed by a reception will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, April 2 at St. Bede Catholic Church, 3686 Ironbound Rd, Williamsburg.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Mike's memory may be made to Hospice House and Support Care of Williamsburg, 4445 Powhatan Pkwy, Williamsburg, 23188, St. Jude's, or the United Way.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.nelsencares.com and www.vagazette.com
Published in Virginia Gazette from Mar. 30 to Apr. 29, 2013