Paul John Francis Xavier "Chip" Rudden passed away on May 2, 2003, after being in a coma since January 6, 2003. Chip graduated from The Canterbury School in New England, served as a photographer and journalist with the U.S. Navy, and graduated from Suffolk University School of Law in Boston, Massachusetts in 1977. He practiced law and worked as a legal recruiter in Manhattan and Long Island, New York until he moved to Corpus Christi, Texas in 1996. Chip's primary practice in Corpus Christi was as a criminal defense attorney. He was a member of the Bars of New York and Texas and the federal bar and was admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court. Although he was raised in the Catholic Church, he converted to Judaism for a period of time, but was a member of the Church of the Good Shepherd in Corpus Christi at the time of his death. Chip was a lifelong and avid surfer active with the Surfrider foundation and other shore preservation organizations in New York and Texas. He also enjoyed sailing, horseback riding, bicycling and snow skiiing. His mother, Betty Rudden, a sister, Elizabeth Rudden, and a niece Claire, all of Easton Connecticut, a brother, Jay Rudden of Houston, Texas, and a goddaughter, Hanna Kinzel of Corpus Christi, Texas, survive him. He will be remembered by his many friends and colleagues for his sophistication, unique stories of his many travels and adventures as a fashion model and sportsman, his joke telling, his love of many styles of music and art, and his devotion to teaching sports, especially surfing, to his friends and their children. A wake for Chip will be held at Cassidy's Irish Pub on Friday, May 16, 2003 at 5:30 p.m., and a Memorial Service will be held at the All Saints Episcopal Church on Saturday, May 17, 2003 at 10:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, you may make donations to the Women's Shelter or charity of your
Published in Corpus-Christi Caller-Times on May 15, 2003.