Robert James Hudson Sr., 62

Robert James “Bob” Hudson Sr., 62, a resident for 10 years of Lexington Park and Mechanicsville, Md., died July 21, 2006.

Master Chief Robert Hudson joined the U.S. Navy in 1960, and served on active duty for 29 years. He served with honor and distinction in many commands. Among them were Naval Station Midway Island, the flight demonstration team Blue Angles in Pensacola, Fla., as well as an instructor in jungle survival school in Subic Bay, Philippines.

His greatest legacy came from his assignment to the National Parachute Test Range in El Centro (later relocated to the Naval Weapons Center, China Lake, Calif.) where as a Naval test parachutist he accumulated more than 1,000 parachute jumps during his 13-year tour. Hudson was the driving force behind testing and qualifying the NASA space shuttle escape system after the disaster to the Challenger space shuttle. For these efforts he was awarded the Air Medal.

Hudson began working as a civil service employee for the Navy in the Fleet Support Team in 1996 and established the quality assurance team. His heart was always close to parachutes and escape systems and he found himself supporting the E-2C Hawkeye PSE program. He retired from federal service in October of 2005 but continued to support the E-2C PSE program by working for K.R. Systems.

He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Joyce; his daughter and son-in-law, Patty and Tony Andreoli, daughter Robin Lynn Thomas and son Robert James Hudson Jr.; his mother, Hazel Hudson; sisters Rachel Pusey, Joann Mitchell and Jenny Lee Caudill; and his brothers Vernon and Virgil Hudson; grandchildren Alyssa, Zachary, Anthony, Buddy, Lauren, Robert James III, Noel and Nicholas.

A memorial service to celebrate his everlasting life was scheduled for Monday, July 31, 2006, at Leonardtown Baptist Church.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Delaware Hospice, 20167 Office Circle Georgetown, Delaware 19947.