State of Illinois
92nd General Assembly



 1                          HOUSE RESOLUTION

 2        WHEREAS,  The  members   of   the   Illinois   House   of
 3    Representatives  express  their  sincere  condolences  to the
 4    family and friends of Dr. Irving C. Hudlin  of  Glen  Carbon,
 5    who passed away January 30, 2002; and

 6        WHEREAS,  Dr.  Hudlin  was born on August 14, 1926 to the
 7    late Edward and Myrtle Hudlin of East St. Louis and  was  the
 8    descendant of black pioneer families in the Greater St. Louis
 9    Area; and

10        WHEREAS,  Dr.  Hudlin was a retired Lieutenant Colonel of
11    Special Forces and a war hero; after graduating from  Lincoln
12    High  School  in East Saint Louis, he began his career in the
13    army in 1944 and, after WW II, returned to fight in Korea  in
14    1950 as a member of the 82nd Airborne Paratroop division; Dr.
15    Hudlin then served in Southeast Asia in 1962 and did multiple
16    tours of combat; and

17        WHEREAS,  He  received  numerous  decorations  for valor,
18    including three bronze stars, the Legion of  Merit  with  oak
19    cluster,  and various decorations for bravery in battle; as a
20    Green Beret, Dr. Hudlin fought with counter-insurgency  units
21    behind enemy lines; as a paratrooper, he made over 25 flights
22    over  hostile  territory; Dr. Hudlin's article on the role of
23    military advisors in war became a standard text used  by  the
24    U.S.  Army;  his  military  exploits  are recorded in memoirs
25    written by the men who served with him; and

26        WHEREAS, After his retirement from the  armed  forces  in
27    1974,  Dr.  Hudlin  became a senior administrator at Southern
28    Illinois University in Edwardsville (SIUE); during his  years
29    in  the  service,  Dr.  Hudlin  earned his undergraduate B.S.
30    Degree from the University of Nebraska at Omaha; at SIUE,  he
31    earned  Master  Degrees  in  counseling  and in business; Dr.
32    Hudlin  completed  his  education  by  earning  a  Ph.D.   in
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 1    political  science  from  St. Louis University;  in 1992, Dr.
 2    Hudlin retired from SIUE and engaged in various philanthropic
 3    enterprises as a member of the Glen Carbon Library Board  and
 4    as a member of the Knights of Columbus; and

 5        WHEREAS,  Dr. Hudlin was a devout Catholic and Lay Reader
 6    for St. Boniface Church in Edwardsville; his family is filled
 7    with  veterans  of   service   and,   though   he   met   the
 8    qualifications  for burial at Arlington National Cemetery, it
 9    was his wish to be buried with his parents  and  siblings  in
10    Jefferson Barracks; and

11        WHEREAS,  the  passing  of  Dr.  Irving C. Hudlin will be
12    deeply felt  by  all  those  who  knew  him  and  loved  him,
13    especially his wife, Thelma MacGruder Hudlin, whom he married
14    on  December  6,  1952;  his son, Dr. Christopher Hudlin; his
15    daughters, Mrs. Colleen (Max) Wilkerson, and Mrs. Sharon (Dr.
16    Pierre) Morris; his brothers, Dr.  Edward  Hudlin,  Jr.,  Dr.
17    Richard  Hudlin,  and  Mr.  Russell  Hudlin;  and  his  seven
18    grandchildren; therefore, be it

21    we mourn, along with all who knew him,  the  passing  of  Dr.
22    Irving C. Hudlin of Glen Carbon; and be it further

23        RESOLVED, That a suitable copy of this resolution be sent
24    to  the  family  of  Dr.  Irving  C.  Hudlin with our deepest
25    sympathies.