About this page

Professor J. Blaine Hudson passed away on January 5, 2013 at the age of 63.

This page was created by his former colleagues in the University of Louisville College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Office. We offer this as a space for condolences, comments, and memories of this man and his legacy.


Contact A&S: asdean@louisville.edu




6 Responses to About this page

  1. Anonymous says:

    Dean Hudson was a great scholar, dean, and colleague. We will miss him.

    Frank Nuessel

  2. Vicki Hines-Martin says:

    Blaine was a great leader, kind, thoughtful and committed to his community and the university. Many have learned lessens about our history and about how to conduct our lives. He is a role model for what a man can be (regardless of color). It was an honor to know him and he will be greatly missed. May his family find joy in remembering his life and peace knowing he had a life worth living.

  3. Edward C. Halperin MD MA says:

    In 1916 Henry Ford said: “History is more or less bunk. It’s tradition. We don’t want tradition. We want to live in the present, and the only history that is worth a tinker’s damn is the history that we make today.” Ford was wrong; very wrong. I think there are two kinds of people in this world: those who believe in history and those who don’t. Blaine Hudson believed in history.

    He showed us how idealism could be effectively merged with action in his studies of The Underground Railroad.

    He showed us how a person could effectively merge the history of the poor, the Black, and the marginalized with idealized Confederate memory in his extraordinarily creative approach to the reconfiguration of the Confederate monument adjacent to the University of Louisville campus.

    He showed us how to give citizens back their historical patrimony in his outreach Saturday School public programs and his books.

    A university is a community of scholars that exists for the generation, conservation, and dissemination of knowledge. Blaine Hudson was a pillar of that community and our university, the people’s university, is grateful for his membership and diminished by this loss.

    May his memory be, for us, a blessing.

    Edward C. Halperin

  4. Donna M. Hargens, Ed.D. says:

    Dr. Blaine Hudson was, without a doubt, one of the most welcoming and considerate Louisvillians I have met. When I took the job as the superintendent of Jefferson County Public Schools, practically every person I met made it clear to me that one of the first people I needed to sit down and talk to was Dr. Hudson. I quickly realized why the citizens from this city, who come from all walks of life, were adamant about my meeting the man who has done so much for so many. Regardless of where the conversation started, it always ended on education. Dr. Hudson, in all of his wisdom and intelligence, had a clear and simple belief about Louisville and education. He believed that the city of Louisville is a wonderful place to live and that education for all will make Louisville a great place.
    There was no confusion when listening to him. He had an heir of nostalgia, confidence, and stoicism that made me want to learn all I could from him—and do all I can for the city that has taken me in as one of its own, a city that he deeply loved. He was a point of reference for me—a community compass that always pointed in a positive direction. We have lost a true sentinel of this city, but his work and spirit are shouldered by all of Jefferson County. I am personally appreciative of his warm words and unconditional guidance. He will be missed.
    Donna M. Hargens, Ed.D.
    Jefferson County Public Schools

  5. Narjis Nichole Abdul-Majid says:

    I am truly thankful to have known Dr. Hudson. Since 2001 he has been apart of my life as a mentor, research supervisor, professor, employer and inspiration.

    I am always in awe of those who are able to give so much and never ask in return. In my eyes Dean Hudson was the epitome of the selfless man. The life lessons he has shared with me far outreach his classroom and even my classroom today. He is one of the few people that I have ever cared about or respected enough to ask, “How can I be more like you? How can I be as confident as you? How can I be as eloquent as you? How can I be as impassioned as you? How can I captivate students’ imaginations and engage their potential like you do?

    Dean Hudson cared enough to dare answer those questions for an impressionable youth by sharing his thoughts and in his actions with me and the countless lives he has touched at the University of Louisville and in the Louisville community.

    I want to live my life committed to life-long learning and serving and educating others like Dean Hudson.

    My prayers are with his family and those fortunate enough to have reserved a corner of their hearts for Dr. James Blaine Hudson.

  6. Sandra S. Vera Brazilian Studies-Latino Studies says:

    Dr. Hudson was an inspiration to many, I knew him for a short while, but his accomplishments and commitment to the University and the students was unique. May his soul rest in peace and may the Lord give his family faith and strength during this time of loss. He will be greatly missed. The Legacy he leaves behind will be his monument.

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