Hudson, Roy Davage

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Dr. Roy Davage Hudson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Hudson, was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee in 1930. He graduated from High school at the age of sixteen, with honors after which he spent four years in the United States Air Force. In 1955 he received his B.S. degree from Livingston College in Salisbury, North Carolina. (Dr. Hudson was elected to the All-time Livingston Football Team in 1969). From 1955-1961 Dr. Hudson studies under the auspices of a Danforth Graduate Fellowship at the University of Michigan where he received both his master's degree in zoology and his doctorate in pharmacology. He holds two honorary degrees- the master of arts awarded by Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, in 1969 and the doctor of laws from Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, in 1974. Dr. Hudson taught classes in pharmacology in the Schools of Medicine, Dentistry, and Pharmacy and in the Department of Communication Science at the University of Michigan. In 1966 he joined Brown University as associate dean of the Graduate School and assistant professor of medical sciences. Dr. Hudson became Hampton Institute's tenth president in1970. A five-year planning cycle for the college was established under his tenure. He stressed the need for restoring the historic Wigwam Building (built in 1879 for male Indian students) and was honoree at its rededication as the Educational Resources Center in 1978. In addition, the college completed a seawall and pier to arrest erosion of the campus shoreline which won an award from the Peninsula Beautification and Ecology Council. Dr. Hudson resigned as president in 1976 to resume his career in neuro-pharnacology. He has held memberships with many professional and educational organizations and has served as member of the Board of Directors for Parke-Davis Pharmaceuticals. He is married to the former Constance J. Taylor of Springfield, Massachusetts.

The papers of Roy Davage Hudson consist of materials dealing with administrative affairs of the school; typewritten letters from various correspondents; annual and departmental reports; publications; newspaper clippings; pictures; and personal and miscellaneous memorabilia.

Roy Davage Hudson